… but the people having them as pets are more frightening.
Keeping with my Halloween themed posts lately… snakes are scary.
I don’t care what “experts on snakes” state. The constrictor types (boa, python, anaconda) will squeeze the life out of humans and try to swallow them whole if kept in the home with no other prey. They are not pets.
Why would you have one of these as a pet with a child in the house? The African Rock Python’s natural habitat is in AFRICA. It has no business being here in the US, stuck in a small aquarium. These things are HUGE, muscled creatures and will, more than likely, try to eat you because there is no other prey in your home. These things are big enough, strong enough, to eat crocodiles!
But he defended their decision to keep the python, which they nicknamed Hisser, in the family home.
“I don’t blame the snake,” he said. “I don’t really believe he tried to stalk my son down.
“He might have got out of the cage and he cuddled up by him.
“I wouldn’t have had a snake in my house if I’d thought it was going to kill my son.”
The couple used to have puppies but got fed-up with their barking and decided on quieter pets.
They put a 26lb exercise weight on top of the aquarium and the mighty python knocked it off and there was no heat lamp, so the snake seeking heat was viable… and I guess it would sit near a warm body, but I don’t think they cuddle.
“It might have gotten out of the cage?” – no IT DID get out of the cage. It accidentally suffocated your son while cuddling? No, it squeezed the life out of your son, purposely, and tried to consume the body. (bite marks found on neck and ears) because that’s what these snakes do.
After reading another article on child related African Rock Python death, if my kids are ever invited to stay the night in an apartment above an “exotic animals” pet shop, I wouldn’t allow them without first checking to see what animals were being stored below. Should any escape, I would want to predetermine if could be a risk to my children. Those who have studied snakes are skeptical of these boys death, but regardless – the damn snake got out of his aquarium and into the air ducts, slithered in the ceiling to the apartment above and its weight caused it to come crashing down into the living room on the sleeping boys? Autopsy reported they died by asphyxiation , not by being crushed. article here. The pet shop owner did not have a permit and is now facing incarceration.
In fact, I believe only zoos, properly equipped to handle these type of wild life are issued legal permits. Zoos, that have HUGE aquariums the size of a bedroom with a natural setting, rocks and branches for the snakes to move freely. No matter how hard they try, they can’t escape their cage. Those of you keeping one in a small aquarium in your house, they can eventually escape and what other prey exists at 2524 Python Drive? A snake’s gotta eat or if threatened, protect itself.