Nobody on here said ALL snakes belong in the rainforest but a 4 ft. python does. These snakes are in cages because someone wanted an exotic pet and either changed their mind or did not secure it properly. Either way they were irresponsible and if found should pay a fine plus medical costs for the child.<quoted text>
NOT ALL snakes reside in the rainforest firt of all. I agree that the owner should have been more resposible and either not let it loose or if the snake escaped they should have had a proper cage for the animal. YET, many people do the same with cats and dogs (where do you think we get strays from)that pass diseases, attack children, etc. More people are attacked by dogs than snakes anyday. Furthermore the child would not have been "hurt badly" by that small of a snake that was nonvenomous snake. Also her child simply got bitten by a snake, it could have been a poisinous copperhead which would naturally make Freedom Park its home or what about a king or black snake, both indiginous and can reach over 6ft. Why people are so scared of an animal that naturally wants to be away from people, helps keep the rodent population down, etc. I will never understand. Do you have ANY idea what kind of diseases would run rampant if we did not have snakes (i.e. bubonic plague)? If we lived as nature intended the world would not be being destroyed and snakes would not be in cages to begin with; we would not have cars or tv, dont be so biased as to believe other people need to leave nature as intended when I am sure you MUST do many things that are NOT as nature intended!!!
Just curious what would you have done differently? And from the article this snake was not one of those that wanted to be "left alone".