By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A Swedish backpacker will head home with a lifelong phobia of ‘Aussie dunnies’ after a gigantic frog lunged at her from underneath a toilet rim.
Jessica Espvall got the fright of her life after the enormous amphibian suddenly jumped out at her after she flushed a loo in Queensland.
The 20-year-old, from Strömsund, Sweden, had been road tripping with a girlfriend from Brisbane to Cairns when the pair stopped in at a roadhouse near Rockhampton for a well-deserved bathroom break.
Jessica – who admitted she stayed in the stall for ‘a long time’ due to its cleanliness and steady internet connection – has shared hilarious footage of her friend’s bloodcurdling screams after spotting the frog.
Jessica said: “I quickly rushed in to see what had happened and I saw my friend just standing there screaming and crying, she was in a huge panic.
“She pointed at the toilet and we saw a huge black leg poking out from underneath the rim.
“I was shocked. I had no idea what it could be but I thought we should flush the toilet again to see if it would just go down.
“I took out my phone to record it and leaned over to flush while my friend stood back, then all of a sudden this gigantic frog leaped out at us and we both screamed and jumped back.
“We both ran outside and were just in a state of complete shock and horror.
“We couldn’t even talk for a few minutes and then we both looked at each other and just burst out laughing at what had just happened.
“The worst part was knowing that I’d sat on the toilet for such a long time not knowing that this huge frog was hiding underneath, I feel sick just thinking about it.”
After the ordeal the young women continued on their road trip but Jessica said she couldn’t get the image of the gigantic black frog out of her head for the entire day.
As the young Swede had only arrived in Australia a few hours before the terrifying encounter, she said it was a dramatic introduction to the diversities of Australian wildlife.
Jessica said: “I kept replaying the video over and over again and burst out laughing every time. It was so scary but hilarious as well.
“All day I was thinking about that giant frog and started feeling a bit sorry for it and getting all these weird thoughts.
“I was thinking, ‘what if people close the lid, is he stuck in there forever? Maybe he is just trying to get out? How long has he been living in there?
“What does he think about people going to the toilet in his home?
“Australia is such a unique country with such crazy wildlife. The animals here are so different to anything I’ve ever seen back in Sweden.
“My friends and family back home are always shocked at the types of weird things I come across.
“There are enormous spiders literally everywhere and I’m terrified I’m going to run into a snake.
“I’ve had insects in my bed and in my shoes many times since traveling around Australia and I’ve learnt it’s just the reality of living in this amazing place.
“I’m trying not to be afraid anymore and I’m just welcoming all these new experiences down under.
“But now I’ve learned to always flush Australian toilets before I use them because you just never know what else could jump out at you.
“It’s something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.”