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Pet Python Strangles Owner

13-foot reticulated python killed owner after she tried to give it medicine

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It sounds like a nightmare almost too potent for Halloween, made all the worse because it’s true: A Virginia woman was strangled to death by her pet python Tuesday after trying to administer medication. The 13-foot beast was a reticulated python from Southeast Asia, famed for being the longest species of snake in the world. 

The python is being held at animal control facilities near Virginia Beach. There is no law in the area against keeping giant snakes, and while owner fatalities do occur, they are rare. Experts say a large python can exert a phenomenal amount of pressure during constriction—about seven or eight pounds per square inch.

Most fatalities from pet constrictors are accidents: Either the animal smells a food offering and mistakenly bites and wraps itself around the owner, or it feels threatened and lashes out.

To read more about all the terrifying creatures mother nature has to offer, check out BACKPACKER’s Terror Index.

—Ted Alvarez

Pet python apparently strangles Va. woman: She was trying to give medicine to 13-footer at Va. Beach home (Richmond Times-Dispatch)