Another Pet Snake Kills
A 2 year-old girl was found crushed to death by a pet python in Florida. The Burmese python was found wrapped around the child’s body and had bitten the girl several times on the upper arms and forehead.
According to the report in the St. Petersburg Times, the family was known to the police for drug related offences, and did not have a registration to keep a pet python as required by the State law. The snake was not kept in a locked terrarium as required by law either.
It seems that this is a case of gross negligence by the snake owners and prosecution is being considered by the officials, but even if the courts do punish Darnell and Hare for their negligence it is too late for little Shaiunna.
DCF have moved to have the pair’s other two children removed from the home after the attack.
But none of this helps a young girl who was the victim of the snake attack. Nor does it help the image of snakes. Prior to this there had never been a confirmed death-by-Python in the State of Florida.
There are several other incidents of pet Pythons killing family members in the U.S.A. A one year-old boy was killed 1982 by an eight foot python in Nevada. In Colorado a fifteen year-old boy was killed by an 11 foot python in 1993. 1999 saw a three year-old girl killed by a pet 7 foot python in Illinois. And in 2001 an eight year-old girl was tragically strangled by the family pet python in PA.
See this post for another tragic death by snake.
Snakes are not to be treated with complacency – they incredibly powerful and have no sense of loyalty that is characteristic of animals such as cats and dogs.