Whether they carry water or waste, nobody likes the idea of clogged plumbing pipes. If plumbing water encounters a full or partial obstruction, that water will redirect itself and cause reactions that may include anything from backups and flooding to slow drainage and low pressure. Some issues may cause minor headaches and hassle, while others inflict major damage and expense. Many people want to know how to prevent all types of clogged plumbing situations, or they seek solutions to some type of existing problem. It seems like it should be a fairly simple task to find a drain clog and remove it, but this was not the case with this homeowner.
Let me ask you a quick question before we start – did you know that snakes can invade homes and get into very tight spaces? Well, the answer is yes and this makes finding them and removing them a real struggle sometimes. When the house was having its pipes replaced, it set off a chain of events that eventually lead to the saving of a life. It’s a situation that is common in areas with snakes, and unfortunately these incidents don’t always turn out the best for the animals involved. C This Coastal Carpet Python found himself in a really tight spot, literally and figuratively. This snake was slowly slithering its way up the side of the house through the drainage pipes. It tried to make a U-Turn and found itself in a position that even a snake couldn’t slither out of.
Luckily for this snake, the house it wedged itself into was having its pipes replaced. This would turn out to be just one of multiple breaks this Python caught and allowed it to live. The second big break for the snake came while the contractor was cutting the plastic off the side of the house. He sawed through the pipe that the snake was in. He narrowly missed cutting right through the snake. He then dropped the pipe about 4 meters to the ground with the snake still inside. He started to wonder why no mud had been dislodged from the fall. So he went to investigate. When he found the snake, he immediately called for help (SEE PHOTO). A dedicated rescuer named Rowan arrived on the scene to assess the situation. He made a vow right then and there that we not going to let this snake die. He could not free the snake at the site he was found however. He took the pipe and snake back to his house and used special tools to get him free. When he got the snake free it was non-responsive though.
Rowan was unsure if the snake was going to make it. After a warm bath, the removal of 8 pesky ticks, and spending some time in a warm enclosure however the snake was looking much better. Rowan took the snake to the Wildlife Hospital and the snake was given a clean bill of health. With a little more recuperation time, the snake will then be released back into the wild. Rowan was quoted as saying, “I made a promise to the snake that I would get it out. It was alive but unresponsive and I thought that even if I did extricate it he or she might not survive.” That is someone who is really dedicated to helping wildlife. Hopefully this snake learned that you never try to make a U-Turn in a pipe, and it will just stay out of pipes in the future. It may not be so lucky next time.