Rock, Rock, Rock Python!

According to the UK’s Mirror News, a couple on safari picked up an unwanted hitchhiker: a 16 foot-long rock python. The car’s owner flipped the hood and waited for it to exit the vehicle, thereby crossing what I call the “Oh, hell no!” barrier.

Rock pythons are a relatively common form of constrictor found in Africa’s tropical jungles, where they commonly reach lengths of 20 feet. While the rock python, like most snakes, normally avoids contact with human beings, when cornered they can quickly become aggressive. There are several documented incidences of the species killing and even consuming people, mostly children. Despite this, they’re readily available in the American pet trade, a fact that came under national scrutiny following the 2009 death of a two year-old child that was strangled in her bed by her mother’s boyfriend’s escaped python.

Rock pythons, like several other breeds of exotic constrictors, have established breeding populations in the Florida everglades.

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  • Simiantongue

    I has an Asiatic  reticulated python swallow most of my right hand once. They don’t just gulp things  down it turns out. They bite down and walk their teeth forward one side at a time. Not venomous but painful as hell. The one that bit me was about 17 feet long, though that type is not as fat as other types of pythons.  On a Python scale they’re about graham Chapman size, tall and thin.

  • Rrpvwyk88

    I used to live in the Kruger National Park where this happened. Snakes are dangerous but only when provoked or surprised and they, like many other dangerous animals get a bad rap. The original story http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199106/Giant-python-hides-car-bonnet-Kruger-National-Park-South-Africa.html has a much more of a humerous spin to it and as usual the UK media milks it for all the drama its worth…

    • Matt Staggs

      I live in the Deep South of the United Snakes, and have had plenty of run-ins with snakes. Most of them would prefer you never notice them, and when you do, they’ll flee if at all possible. Most bites are the result of idiots attempting to pick them up, kill them or otherwise provoke them. The only kind of snake that seems to be an exception to the rule is the water moccasin: they’re downright pugnacious. 

  • Ron Paul

    Toddler killed by pet snake?

    Free Market in action.

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