This has got to be one of the scariest things I've seen in a long time. Of course, I've had my share of scorpions, Black Widows, and Brown Recluses in my sinks and toilets. However, this one takes the cake, finding a real live rattlesnake in the crapper. This is why I always turn on the lights when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Every time this has happened to me it's when "I almost didn't," turn on the lights or I just sit right down without looking down into the toilet in the first place. But the ever-burning question is how in the heck do these snakes get in the plumbing, to begin with?

BEWARE: These Snakes Could Be Hiding In Your Plumbing And Toilets

According to my friends in the extermination business, Branson says that "wherever you have a dime to nickel size hole in your plumbing these well-experienced predators know how to get in and survive in there for days on end" as you'll see in the video above. Plus during hot summers these slithery snakes are wanting to go for a swim and to cool off as well

The most frightening thing I just learned about snakes in the plumbing, is that they may not get into the plumbing system on your property, but will get in through your neighbor's compromised plumbing. I highly recommend that you stay in good graces with your neighbors and check out their sewer clean-outs to avoid a snake getting in like in the photo below.

While the scorpions and black widows that ended up in my sinks and toilets got in through the attic and then fell down through the AC vents or the exhaust fans. Since then I've caulked and exterminated to avoid having any more critters come visiting in the middle of the night.

This year, there has been an abnormally high amount of scorpions, spiders, and shakes being found all over Abilene and the Big Country. So, before to go cleaning out your shed or garage always be super cautious when lifting or clearing out anything. Those slithery critters like to hide just about anywhere, including your toilet.

Photo by: Rudy Fernandez
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez
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