Attaporn Boonmakchuay (38) sat on the toilet in his home in the Chachoengsao province outside Bangkok when he felt severe pain.
It proved to be the teeth of a python, more than three meters long, which had come up through the drain and bitten him at the worst possible place - his penis.
Then a half-hour desperate battle followed in the bathroom. Attaporn tried to shout for his wife while he struggled to get the snake to let go.
According to the Thai TV channel Channel 7, a next door neighbour came to the rescue with a rope and a knife.
The two finally managed to open the jaws of the snake, and tied its head to the door with the neighbor's rope before Attaporn collapsed on the floor.
He was sent to hospital with major blood loss and a cut on the tip of the penis. He did, however, manage to escape without permanent damage.
- He's pretty lucky. If there is no infection and it heals normally, he can soon go home. But if the bite had gone through the urethra, it would have been a big problem, says hospital director, Chutima Pinchareon.
The fire department had to dismantle the whole toilet and crush the pipes with a hammer to get the snake out. It was eventually put in a sack and released into the jungle.
Pythons and cobras are drawn toward urban areas during the rain season, and the fire brigade is often called to catch them.
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