Python in Toilet: A Thai man who fought off a three-metre (10-foot) python that bit him while he was squatting on the toilet is recovering, hospital staff said on Saturday.

Atthaporn Boonmakchuay was admitted after surviving the nightmare encounter with a snake hiding in the toilet plumbing at his home in Chachoengsao province east of Bangkok.

“His pain from the wound has reduced,” Rungnapa Sehawong, a supervisor at the local Chularat 11 hospital, told AFP.

The 38-year-old was being treated with antibiotics and would likely be released in a few days, she added.

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In an interview from his hospital bedside after the incident on Wednesday, a smiling Atthaporn told local TV channels the toilet appeared empty when he peaked in.

“But after a while (the snake) rose from the toilet bowl and bit me,” he said, explaining how he grabbed the serpent’s neck to prevent it from taking him down.

He managed to pry open the python’s jaws, after which his wife and neighbour rushed to the blood-splattered scene to cover the snake’s head with a plastic bag.

A rescue team later took a hammer to the toilet to free the serpent and release it into the wild, local media reported.

While the toilet was damaged in the process, it gave Atthaporn’s wife reason to make a new purchase: a shiny modern flush toilet.