A Texas 4-Year-Old Opened His House's Toilet Lid And Found A Rattlesnake

Even more horrifying, 23 more snakes were found living under the house. Find out more here!

A four-year-old boy living in Texas, Isaac McFadden, got quite a shock recently when he opened the lid of his toilet to find a fully grown rattlesnake had entered it, coming up through the house's plumbing. At first Isaac saw only the snake's head and tried to flush it down the toilet. When that failed, he immediately called for his mom. His mother, Cassie McFadden, quickly took over the situation, texting her husband, Jason McFadden, to ask what she should do.

Cassie and Jason's text conversation upon their son's discovery of the snake in their toilet.img.washingtonpost.com

Cassie and Jason's text conversation upon their son's discovery of the snake in their toilet.

Cassie acted quickly. She tried to trap the snake in the toilet using a broom, but it escaped and slithered out onto the floor. She proceeded to kill it with branch cutters, a garden hoe, and a shovel. But husband Jason McFadden knew there might be a bigger issue at hand, and called a snake removal service just in case. What they found, though, was an enormous nest of rattlesnakes, consisting of 13 adult rattlesnakes living in the storm cellar and another 10 underneath the house. 5 of them were babies, making a total of 24 rattlesnakes found on the McFadden's property.

It was very surprising. Kind of gut-wrenching, a little bit, just to know that many snakes were living right under our feet and we didn’t even know it. Literally.
It was very surprising. Kind of gut-wrenching, a little bit, just to know that many snakes were living right under our feet and we didn’t even know it. Literally.
Jason McFadden, Washington Post, February 3, 2017
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The snake catcher who wrangled the remaining 23 snakes alive, Nathan Hawkins, feels that snakes are just misunderstood creatures, in spite of the 7,000 venomous snakebites that humans incur each year.

The fear that is associated with snakes is … irrational. It’s an irrational fear. They’re just — they’re unique. There’s nothing else on the planet like them.
The fear that is associated with snakes is … irrational. It’s an irrational fear. They’re just — they’re unique. There’s nothing else on the planet like them.
Nathan Hawkins, Washington Post, February 3, 2017
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So, now, what we want to know is...

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If you found a snake in your toilet, what would you do?

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