The Keeping of Large Pythons old article but I can't help but feel a need to repost this. The part about people not realizing how big their pet will get is soo true and the part about never forget it's a wild animal. Just a reminder for those who have gotten complacent. About 10 years ago I owned 2 ball pythons both about 6feet in length and FAT. They were freaks when it came to size. Amazingly docile snakes who had never struck. One night I was woke up by my mother screaming and ran to her bedroom to see my father turning blue as one of the snakes had escaped and was around his neck strangling him. It took my mother, my friend and I to get this snake off my father. Point being I've had personal experience with this type of behavior. All in all just wanted to say never forget you have a wild animal as a pet.