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Pet Python Kills Toddler At Sumter County Home

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    UPDATED: 11:36 am EDT July 1, 2009

    OXFORD, Fla. -- A 2-year-old girl was strangled Wednesday morning by a pet python at a Sumter County home, according to sheriff's officials.

    INTERACTIVE: Map | PICS: Recent Python Invasion

    The fatal incident occurred just after 10 a.m. at a residence in the 1500 block of county Road 466 in Oxford, which is located about 60 miles northwest of Orlando.

    It's not known if the pet snake got loose before killing the girl.

    According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, pythons are a nonnative species to Florida, although some Burmese pythons have been found in parts of Florida.

    An invasion of giant Burmese pythons in South Florida that made national headlines last year was "rapidly expanding" and could reach Central Florida, according to a University of Florida study.

    "There's no part of this state that you can point at and say that pythons couldn't live here," researcher Frank Mazzotti said. "They're capable of incredible movement -- and in a relatively short period."

    Most of the pythons were brought over as pets and then turned loose in the wild, he said.

    Anyone who comes across a python is urged to call wildlife officials at 888-404-FWCC.

    Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
  2. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    It is a snake not a pet. To me it is like saying I have a Great White in my swimming pool as a pet.
  3. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    who wants a python as a pet? what a boring animal

    sad though
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Does this shark of yours have a laser beam mounted on it's head?

    If so...I am so there.
  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Why yes he does. It is "fricken lazer beam"
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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  7. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    Scotty's on Fire!
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  8. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    I agree on both counts.
  9. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Usually, you would think this would be the husband's pet...not alway though. I wonder if the divorce proceedings are under way. Very, very sad. I cannot imagine the guilt and also how much of a moron the owner must feel like.
    It's not quite the same as those folks that have Pit Bulls (those trained to be mean) in the same house as kids...but close.
  10. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    Can't they make some sort of laws about limiting the ownership of these things? Can't understand why anyone would want one.
  11. Doomsday101

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    From my understanding it has become a big problem in Florida where the population of the Pythons is exploding in the Everglades. They are not indigenous to the area and have no known predators to contend with. These are some very dangerous animals.
  12. Doomsday101

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    I agree. A dog like the Pit Bull is trained they are not naturally mean dogs the snake is not trained it relies only on it's natural instinct.
  13. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Yeah, but you know, it's just like, cool.
    Like having some giant useless lizard in your house that you can't really interact with, but it's cool because it can eat live animals and just sit there and look cool.

    The more useless the pet, (tarantula, snake, lizard) the more cool you are. Show it to your friends and let them see how cool you are. Don't worry about your kid's, as long as you're cool, that's all that matters.

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    I'm not cool at all, I just have a cat and it just wants attention and food and water; what a lame ***.
  14. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it can eat live Animals including humans. :eek:
  15. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    What kind of Lizard are we talking about?
  16. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Just a horribly sad story.
  17. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I think most people who buy snakes as pets just want them so they can watch them eat live animals. (mice etc)

    I had a friend that bought an Oscar just because he ate live fish. I owned an Oscar too, but I never feed him live food.

    This is the only Python people should have in their house.

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  18. Yeagermeister

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    Komodo dragon
  19. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Very sad story.

    I've known a couple of people who owned snakes, one of them a python but none of them had small children.

    Why would you even want to risk it when you have a baby? I just don't get it. Condolences to the family nonetheless.
  20. HoleInTheRoof

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    Thoughts and prayers to the victims family. My son turns two this month. I'd be lost without him. :(

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