This was in Mondays (12-18-06) edition of the Boston Herald and I thought it might be of some interest.
Pet Snake Kills Owner
Cincinnati - A 13 foot Boa Constrictor throttled its owner to death Saturday, police said.
A friend found Ted Dres, 48 inside the snakes cage, the Hamilton County Sherriff's office said.
The snake still had a strangle hold on Dres when deputies arrived, and the officers had to work with members of an animal protection group to remove it. Dres' snake will be kept at an animal shelter, said Andy Mahlman, spokeman for the Cincinnati Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"People who keep these type of animals as pets should know excatly what they're doing and what they're capable of", Mahlman said.
People who pose with snakes around their necks "don't realize they could be a few seconds away from death", he said.
- Associated Press