GLADES COUNTY, Fla. - Imagine taking your bathroom break and finding something slithering around in there. A Glades County woman says it's happened in her Moore Haven rental home more than once.
Nineteen-year-old Samantha Rudd is taking charge.
"It's why we got this knife stuck in here because i think they come in through this hole," said Rudd, pointing to the tank in the back of her toilet. "It's crazy."
That hole is in a Moore Haven mobile home. It's where Rudd and her 69-year-old father say snakes have appeared since they moved in two months ago. They even found one curled in the bowl.
"Its head was sticking out," explained Rudd. "It was trying to crawl out of the toilet and into the house." FOX 4 asked, "What did you think when your dad told you this?" Rudd replied, "I thought 'My gosh, he sits down to use the toilet'."
Rudd says she's reached out to police. "The police say don't worry it's not poisonous," said Rudd. "I don't want to get bit by a snake on my but!"
And she says she's texted and called her landlord to get rid of the reptiles. "No, no," replied the landlord, Carolyn Ramie-High, who says Rudd only made her aware of one snake when Rudd moved in. So, Ramie-High says she gave Rudd the number of someone in the neighborhood to get rid of it.
"If there's a problem with snakes, there are people here that catch snakes and sell them for money," said Ramie-High
But Rudd says that didn't solve the problem. Since then, she says five more serpents have slithered in from the field behind her home.
"I don't think she should hire 17-year-old kids, who like to play with snakes, to come over and deal with them," said Rudd. "She needs to get a professional."
Meanwhile, Rudd and her dad are on watch before they use the john.
"I always have to stare down in there and just make sure there's not a dark snake i can't see," said Rudd.
And Ramie-High says Rudd owes several hundred dollars in back rent for a place she was renting before Rudd moved in with her father. A claim Rudd is not denying but says the bigger issue is the snakes in her bathroom. The landlord also says she promises to check out the sewer lines and septic tank to see if any holes should be sealed.