A family in Singapore got a slithering surprise when a three-meter-long reticulated python was found in their toilet.

On December 30, a resident in Eunos, identified only by his surname Goh, said his wife woke up him at around 6.45am to tell him about the snake, The New Paper reported.

Goh, 60, said he was speechless when he saw the three-meter-long snake coiled around a beam above the toilet.

His daughter and son-in-law were also woken up by then and called the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for assistance.

Goh then called the Marine Parade Town Council for help as well, who told him to call a pest control company for help. He said his family was frightened and did not know what to do.

He said most pest control companies did not answer their calls or responded by saying they could not deal with pythons.

A pest control company eventually responded but when an employee arrived, he said the snake was too big and had to call for reinforcements.

Goh ended up paying S$400 (US$295) to get rid of the python and said he hoped people can be pointed in the right direction if the same thing happens again.

A government spokesperson said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore was the best service to call for help for such situations.