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Pet Snake Kills Owner

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lyn'sSteve, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. Lyn'sSteve

    Lyn'sSteve Elite Member

    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

    Comments anyone?
  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    I read somewhere that it turned out to be a python, species wasnt specified.
  3. Awthentic

    Awthentic Member

    very sad....but i'm happy they didnt kill the many people get pet boa's and python's thinking their harmless and safe to handle alone....but its just the sad reality that these are animals with wild instincts and in their eyes their just defending their selves..even though the owner thinks his/her snake is "tame"...its just not possible to "tame" a snake..some may get used to being handled but their instincts will takeover when they feel in danger...i love all snakes but you must respect them as a wild animal.just a reminder that we all have to be careful..
  4. Queen 'O Green

    Queen 'O Green Elite Member

    To be perfectly honest, I see owning a large snake as very similar to owning a large dog. Sometimes something happens, we can't always explain it, but it has been known to happen. Animals can kill, just like people can kill. It's one of the reasons I have decided to stick with smaller snakes, as I will rarely be able to work with a team, and do plan on having a family someday. It's just sad that people don't educate themselves, both of the pros and cons of large snake owning.
  5. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    I'm with Awthentic. Hey, this stuff happens when you don't know what you're getting into. Even experienced keepers can get into bad situations like that sometimes. It comes with the territory, but the danger's minimalized with knowledge. I'm just glad they didn't get rash and kill the snake.
  6. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    I too was surprized they spared the snake.
  7. Pantera

    Pantera Member

    Wow!!! That is nuts.... It it was a python, It must have been Retic (sp) I know i have been warned about that alot, But i only have Bp's.... :eek:

    BRIZZY Banned User

    That's sad but i am glad too that they didn't kill the snake!! You def. should know the species and be aware when owning one of these ond should be and experienced herper.
  9. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    This is precisely why I will never have anything larger than a Black Rat or Ball Python (okay, maybe one day a Cribo). Not only do I have kids in my family, but I know enough to know that I have NO business with a Retic, Burm, or even Boa.

    I know that individuals keep these all the time, and I am not going to tell anyone what animals to keep (I DO think keeping Tigers and Lions is asking for more trouble than a Python), but for the general Herping society I believe these are best left in Zoos.

    It takes special PEOPLE to handle these things. 13 foot long, you don't go in the cage alone.
  10. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    It's not always the huge size of the snake that can make the difference. Talyn was just about 7ft long, but rainbow boas are very strong constrictors. She'd just be holding onto my arm and my hand would go numb and tingle.
    I had her around my neck for photos once and she was just trying to keep from falling but held on soooo tight, I got really dizzy and almost fell! I had to lie down and I needed Martin's help to unwrap her.
    After that, he said he would prefer if I never took her out when I was alone and always let him know when I was handling her. I also never let her above my shoulders again!
    There were no killer instincts involved in my case: just a big snake trying to hang on and balance herself on my spindly little neck!
    General good advice: don't put snakes around your neck at all!
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Actually the majority of the stories you hear about pythons killing their owners involve the burmese. These appear docile enough that people get too trusting of them. :rolleyes:
    Retics by their nature are testy enough that most keepers would not hang them around their necks.:eek:

    Well said indeed!
  12. Manhirwen

    Manhirwen Elite Member

    I personally don't want to keep a snake that can get over 10ft long for safety reason and that length is pushing it for me even. My BRB will be about the longest I'd want a snake to grow and that's good with me.
  13. MRHickey

    MRHickey Elite Member

    Rule of thumb... If it is longer than you, DON'T GO IN THE CAGE WITH IT BY YOURSELF WITH NOONE ELSE AROUND.
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