There's a Snake in the Toilet

Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers arrived.

This particular Owasso property is in the country, but only minutes from the city.  It sits up on a hill.  You can see the downtown skyline area of Tulsa to our south from the front-door.  It's an amazing view.

Soon the buyers arrived and we started the tour.  This house has a big shop, so I always start there.  Guys love that shop.  Once we got in the house, I noticed it was warm, so I turned on the attic fan not wanting to run the AC for such a short time since the house is vacant.  I started opening a few windows and propping doors open to get good, quick airflow.  The tour was going fine until I went to open a window in one of the bedrooms.  What I didn't see was the Wasp in Oklahomawasp nest that had been built during the last couple of days.  Wasps apparently don't care for windows to be opening around their nests as this stirred them up pretty good and one of them nailed me right on my right temple.  BAM!  Needless to say, we went running and slammed the door shut.  So there we are in the hall kind of scared and kind of laughing all at the same time.  The guy checked my temple, didn't see any stinger and since it didn't hurt much we continued the tour after a few minutes of rehashing the attack.

So it's off to the hall-bathroom. 

The snake in the ToiletEver walk into a room and just immediately know that something wasn't right there?  That's what I felt the instant I entered the bathroom.  Looking over the vanity I saw something black in the toilet.  And then I saw the beady eyes and forked tongue.  Yep, there was a snake IN THE TOILET!  I couldn't believe it!  So out of the bathroom I come as fast as possible.  I suppose I wasn't thinking clearly, but I told them we couldn't go in there that there was a snake in the toilet.  Maybe I just should have said, "You can't see that room right now," but I was too rattled.  So the wife freaks out, the dad kind of scratches his head and their teenage son goes, "Cool!"  Then the kid goes into the bathroom to have a look for himself! 

After we got the mom calmed down (and ourselves as well), we quickly looked at the rest of the house.  I figured this was a lost cause, but alas, I was wrong!  The dad actually asked if I had a plat of the property, which I did - back at the office.  So we went to the office, looked it over and much to my surprise, they were still somewhat interested in the property. 

Man is this a strange business or what???

After they left, I called the owner and told him that we had a problem that HE had to take care of.  He said he would go right over to get the snake out of the toilet and handle the wasps.  I asked him how in the world he thought he was going to get the snake out of the toilet since all you could really get close to was the biting end.  His first thought was a 12 gauge and a new toilet.  What he actually ended up doing was devising a lasso of some sort and removing the snake.  It turned out to be a 6 foot long bEpipen for Bob Haywoodull snake.  He said the wasps had calmed down enough when he got there so that he could get the window shut without getting stung.  I kind of figure the wasps were probably at the wasp hang out laughing about the "kill" of the day!

As for me, I survived the wasp sting, but not until having to go to the Urgent Care facility due to an allergic reaction.  Yep, three shots in the hind end will teach you to mess with wasps!  Now I have to carry an Epipen in case I ever get stung again. 

There is a lesson to learn here

And here it is.  Even in the worst of showings, sometimes you still find the house you love.  As an Owasso REALTOR®, it's my job to help buyers navigate showings, including and especially when there is a snake in the toilet and wasps in the air.

You just never know what the day will bring you when you sell houses in and around Owasso, Oklahoma!


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Comment balloon 27 commentsBob Haywood • August 27 2015 08:59AM


Bob- well this is hysterical.  Even though I'm from Houston, I don't do snakes well at all.   Had I been there, you would have heard my scream all the way in Oklahoma. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

Kathy, I HATE snakes.  One of my weaknesses as a REALTOR®.  And this is actually a true story.  Creepiest thing I've seen in my life.  It'll make you turn the bathroom light on at night!  Thank you for stopping by as always!

Posted by Bob Haywood, (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

A 12 gauge and a new toilet!  That was a great plan!  hahahaha.

That was one of those "you just can't believe it" tours. I previewed a house once and walked into a room and looked around and then happen to glance down at my foot. There was a huge dead squirrel laying right there, all rigor mortis'ed and stuff.  Ewwwww.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

OMG, what an adventure.  that is amazing that they wanted the house.  It would have been off my list.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

I grew up in Oklahoma.  I don't miss those critters.  Stepped on a scorpion once-worst pain ever!

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS! (RE/MAX Southwest) about 5 years ago

Bob, hope you are feeling better!  I also hope to NEVER have this experience.  The worst I had was a dead rat sprawled in the middle of a foreclosure living room I saw on tour one day.  I saw it and immediately headed out the door. It had been there a while too.

Posted by Margaret Kapranos, San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070 (Century 21 Real Estate Alliance) about 5 years ago

I may complain about our frigid winters and humid summers, but at least I have never seen a snake!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 5 years ago

I don't mind nuisance animals at all. Now my grandson had to go to the hospital for a wasp sting a while back, he has been stung a million times and never had a reaction, then one day, BOOM, hospital. I can't say I've had any bad animal encounters on a showing. I did do a video showcase for a home with over 20 different species of exotic animals on premises.

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (Rowlett Real Estate School) about 5 years ago

Bob Haywood - Well done. Great Story. Other than the Urgent Care trip, great ending.



Posted by Thomas F. Scanlon, CPA, CFP (Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's) about 5 years ago

Bob Haywood 

That's a pretty funny, but painful story and certainly not the way to showcase a home. Sounds like it did not sour things for your buyers. How fortunate. I'd say they got the better end of the deal. LOL



Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Did you end up selling it, Bob?

Posted by Raymond Denton, Veteran Friendly Realtor® (Homesmart / Evergreen Realty) about 5 years ago

Great story! I don't think I can top that one. 'Glad that you and your clients survived the day and they were still interested in the property.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 5 years ago

 Kat Palmiotti A dead sqirrel?  Yuk!

 Debbie Gartner In real estate, you never know!

 Jeanne Gregory What part of Oklahoma did you grow up in?

Posted by Bob Haywood, (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

Margaret Kapranos I have yet to see a dead rat...

 Margaret Goss My wife is from Indiana.  She swears your part of the world is God's country

 Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School 20 Exotic species all in one house?  Yikes!

Posted by Bob Haywood, (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

Thomas F. Scanlon - Thank you!

 Jeff Dowler CRS They ended up not buying the house after all...

 Raymond Denton - Believe it or not, we have under contract right now!

 Margaret Woda Thank you!

Posted by Bob Haywood, (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

Holy Moly.  I found a snake once in a closet and I nearly killed my client running over them to get OUT of the house.  I'm not a fan of snakes.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Bob Haywood wow, what an experience!

Good you survived and ended up writing an offer!

Who in their wildest guess would have thought that the buyers liked the home after seeing a snake in the toilet!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 5 years ago

Bob - Hope if this wasn't the home for your buyers, that you eventually do find them a new home, without having to get stung again.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 5 years ago

I am scared of snakes. I would have passed out. Thank you for sharing the story.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago

Snakes and Wasps? This is like a Lord of the Rings adventure for the one house to rule them all

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 5 years ago

I've had many unsusual things  happen over my 28 years as an agent, but nothing like this.... what a great story... and only goes to prove.. you can never tell what buyers will like... even when they are confroned with the things they were and willing to overlook them and have the Seller remedy the situation.

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) about 5 years ago

Yep!!! I once pulled down the attic entrance and a couple dead rats fell on my head...NEVER did it again. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 5 years ago

Dealt with wasps before. Snakes not so much inside the house. Guess my question would be how did it get in? Up thru sewer? Another Real estate Story. 

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) about 5 years ago

Mamma do not play with snakes.  Thank God you have a contract!


Posted by Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans (FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.) about 5 years ago

Oh Bob, What a story. I am glad it all worked out. I would been out of that house in a flash with the snake.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 5 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post. 

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) about 5 years ago

Congrats on your featured blog, hopefully you can keep them coming, topics that are featured take blogging talent!

Posted by Vick The Realtor . (Olympus Executive Realty INC.) about 5 years ago