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    Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    I just had someone tell me I should not of bought my ball python because it will get bigger and kill me. I told them it will only probably 3ft long right now hes 2ft long, and this python is very docile with me. is it true that a python or boa can kill a human? or is this person freaking out for no reason.

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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    who ever told you that knows nothing about snakes, no a ball python cant kill you, a snake would have to be at least 8feet long to kill someone, probably 10 feet to kill an adult

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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    If you think a Ball Python can kill you or even had to question yourself when your friend mentioned it, you should return the snake immediately as you must not have don ANY research whatsoever on this animal.

    Now about your question, I think a large female ball python could kill a cat or small dog in the correct circumstances but even that is HIGHLY unlikely.

    However, a ball python could not get nearly big enough to kill a human and on top of that they are usually referred to as the most docile snake because of their very tame nature.

    However, some pythons can kill ADULT humans with little effort, they would be as follows: Reticulated Python, Burmese Python, African Rock Python and the Green Anaconda.
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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    but yes some pythons can kill(burmese pythons and reticulated pythons). and i'm pretty sure there's no documented cases of boa constrictors killing humans

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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony14 View Post
    If you think a Ball Python can kill you or even had to question yourself when your friend mentioned it, you should return the snake immediately as you must not have don ANY research whatsoever on this animal.

    Now about your question, I think a large female ball python could kill a cat or small dog in the correct circumstances but even that is HIGHLY unlikely.

    However, a ball python could not get nearly big enough to kill a human and on top of that they are usually referred to as the most docile snake because of their very tame nature.

    However, some pythons can kill ADULT humans with little effort, they would be as follows: Reticulated Python, Burmese Python, African Rock Python and the Green Anaconda.
    I know that my ball python cant kill me, I did do research before i got him home.

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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boa View Post
    I know that my ball python cant kill me, I did do research before i got him home.
    Then why did you ask this question and make this thread? :/
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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    Because everyone I know is scared of this python, and i want to let my friends know that hes not some sort of human killing machine.

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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boa View Post
    Because everyone I know is scared of this python, and i want to let my friends know that hes not some sort of human killing machine.
    Typical un-informed people and their fear of snakes thanks to stupid Hollywood movies and religious fairytales.

    Sorry for prematurely judging your knowledge. I hope your friends have a change of heart and realize your snake is a really nice fellow.
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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    It never hurts to double check either. Especially with all of the misinformation out there.

    I am not sure there is any recorded case of a Ball Python killing a human being, and if it has happened, the circumstances must have been phenomenally stupid. At any rate, I doubt it has ever happened.

    To a non-herp person, the word python translates automatically as "Giant man-eating snake". Most people do not realize that pythons come in smaller sizes - I mean, look at the genus Antaresia.

    As a rule of thumb, many keepers recommend having partners to handle anything over 6 feet. Our large boa (8 feet) could easily kill an inattentive person. We do not handle her solo unless there is a good reason (such as cleaning or maintenance.) Recreational handling is always done in pairs. 2 people comfortable handling her. She weighs 22 pounds, and has a TEMPER. Most boas are somewhat calmer than she is, though I think I recall hearing one news article about someone in the US being killed by a common boa. I could be wrong!

    A determined large adult ball python could probably asphyxiate a very small child if left unattended with them. That said, you seem to have enough IQ points to know better.
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    Re: Can a Ball Python Kill a Human?

    Dragoness by innatentive you mean like unconscious or stupid(someone letting it get a full wrap on their neck)?


    I just classified the four that could kill a person under circumstances which you had full control and you could resist but it can still overpowern you.
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