4-foot python attacks 15-month-old boy in Charlotte park

Full story: Asheville Citizen-Times

A 15-month-old boy suffered minor injuries when he was attacked by a 4-foot ball python in a Mecklenburg County park here.
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#23
Aug 6, 2007
 
Meredeth wrote:
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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!!!
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.

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".
JacksonCounty NC

Cullowhee, NC

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Aug 6, 2007
 
Meredeth wrote:
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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!!!
I am not stupid and I know that now all snakes live in the rainforests - we have many up here in the mountains and I used to live near Waxhaw so I know you have some there too. Yes snakes do a lot of good for us - when they are out in nature as nature intended. I know that cats and dogs pass along diseases and bite too, but they are still domesticated and intended to be pets for humans - snakes are not pets.
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#25
Nov 19, 2007
 
I'd like to see this article but it won't let me. My husband bought a ball python and everyone tells us it will be harmless to a baby, but I just wouldn't feel safe. He told me if I could find a story about a ball python attacking a small child than he would give it to someone when we have a baby. Somebody help me out. Thanks
Sarge

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#26
Nov 19, 2007
 
hehehhehheheehh...this story is funny as hell.

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Corinth, Texas

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#27
Nov 19, 2007
 
Dead snake= good snake Nuf said.
Voice of Experience

Salisbury, NC

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#28
Nov 19, 2007
 
Putney0701 wrote:
I'd like to see this article but it won't let me. My husband bought a ball python and everyone tells us it will be harmless to a baby, but I just wouldn't feel safe. He told me if I could find a story about a ball python attacking a small child than he would give it to someone when we have a baby. Somebody help me out. Thanks
Ball pythons are the smallest of the python species that I know of...they get no larger than around 3 feet. I've never seen one as big as 5 feet...I think someone is telling a fish tale. They are probably the most innocuous and naturally docile python I can think of. Here's the thing. Why would you let any snake, dog, cat, or any other pet close to an infant? Any pet requires supervision around children. Children are excitable and that can promote a chain reaction with bad results. Your baby is fine...just don't let the ball python and baby share the same crib.:)
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#29
Jan 9, 2008
 
its unfortunate that the snake attacked the baby, but if the parents had a better watch over their kid, this all would have never happened.
snakes are the best pets to have, they dont bark, have to be walked, and they are very cheap to maintain. snakes are misunderstood animals. a dog can do just as much damage. so stop being so discriminating toward a snake.
Etowah

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#31
Jan 10, 2008
 
The point to be made here is that some idiot bought a python and decided it was getting to much to handle around the house, maybe because of small animals or even children. Released it in a park where it should not have been in the first place, nothing but a complete lack of responsibility in my opinion.

People buy these kind of exotic pets with no idea of the perils of confined captivity, pythons should be in a zoo or at least somewhere that unspecting children won't get hurt.

The kid was just checking out the ducks..who would have thought a d*** python would show up in a Charlotte park.
Etowah

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#32
Jan 10, 2008
 
Ryan wrote:
its unfortunate that the snake attacked the baby, but if the parents had a better watch over their kid, this all would have never happened.
snakes are the best pets to have, they dont bark, have to be walked, and they are very cheap to maintain. snakes are misunderstood animals. a dog can do just as much damage. so stop being so discriminating toward a snake.
Right, easy for you to say..the python should not have been released into the park in the first place. Some irresponsible idiot none the less!!!
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#33
Jan 10, 2008
 
you must like rodents
JBM wrote:
It's not a "harmless thing." It's a 4 foot snake that attacked a small child. What if it had been around his neck instead of his leg. When it comes to snakes, kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out.
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#34
Mar 1, 2009
 
its quite unfortunate that the child was bitten by the snake but to go to extremes and say that the snake should die for it is nonsense. ball pythons dont "attack" humans. the child must have startled the snake enough to cause him to feel threatened. i completely 100% agree with ryan, everyone that has sentenced this snake to death has no idea how docile and friendly these pets can be. i know that its been said before me but a pissed off dog would have done loads more damage than the snake and people let their dogs off their leashes all the time. dont be a bigot.
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#35
Mar 2, 2009
 
I guess the kid wasn't Harry Potter after all.
Mommy with a Ball Python

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#36
Aug 8, 2009
 
supermom wrote:
ok, let's see. a large snake wraps itself around a toddler's leg and bites it, and the only thing the pet store owner says is "why hurt the snake"? nice priorities.
I am both a mother and a Ball Python owner. If you have ever been around a Ball Python you would know that one they don't have enough power that they could wrap around a child and not be easily removed by an adult. They are very calm timid reptiles unless frightened and defending themselves. My Ball Python is 3 ft long and I have a 6 month old child, I do not feel the need to ditch the snake for the baby's safety. And don't think that I only say this because I'm too attached to my snake, it actually started out as my husbands snake and I was completely against getting one and was myself terrified of it for at least the first month until I got used to him and saw his timid nature. I believe that maybe the mother should have watched her child a little closer, although I know not all accidents can be prevented. It is not the mother or the pet store owners fault accidents happen. It could have been handled in a more lets say proper way so the snake and the child could have both been unharmed!
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Aug 8, 2009
 
Putney0701 wrote:
I'd like to see this article but it won't let me. My husband bought a ball python and everyone tells us it will be harmless to a baby, but I just wouldn't feel safe. He told me if I could find a story about a ball python attacking a small child than he would give it to someone when we have a baby. Somebody help me out. Thanks
I have a six month old child and a ball python, I think they make amazing pets as long as you feed them regularly and have a suitable habitat with a secure lid. You should spare no expense to make sure he has the proper lid so he can not get out of his cage if you worry about having a child and a snake. The best advice to you from me is make sure he is around people a lot and hold him as often as you can so he can be used to people and being around people. They say you only have to feed them once a month I feed mine once a week to ensure that he is adequately fed and will not strike or anything out of hunger, and when your child gets old enough show them how to act around the snake and know what not to do to frighten them. I don't think I could imagine a better pet for my family then our Ball Python Zoidberg, he is an amazing pet to me!!!
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#38
Aug 8, 2009
 
Etowah wrote:
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Right, easy for you to say..the python should not have been released into the park in the first place. Some irresponsible idiot none the less!!!
Hahaha you are funny!!! I am both a mother and a snake owner. How hard can it be to watch for a snake that big seriously? She should have never been that far away from her child to not have been able to see a snake that was 4 or 5 ft. My snake is 3 ft and hard to miss, her lack of irresponsibility and irresponsibility on the snakes former owner caused an accident like this. It is not the snakes fault and no one in my eyes had any right to beat him after he was off the child that is animal cruelty in my eyes!!!
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#39
Oct 2, 2009
 
Ballpythonnut wrote:
Ball pythons are a small, non-venomous snake that rarely exceeds 4-5 feet and are almost always docile and passive. It is likely that the snake bit only as a defensive response to being startled or perhaps even stepped on. A cat or dog would likely do the same, only with much worse results. Ball pythons do NOT pose a significant risk to humans; only mice and other small rodents their prey items. There's also no reason (other than ignorance perhaps) to beat the snake afterward.
I'm sorry so many of you are uneducated about snakes. I don't understand why grabbing the snakes head wouldn't be adequate to prevent harming the snake and kid. I've owned a ball python and never once was bitten by it, all of my friends have handled the snake extensively. I am the father of 2 children and when my daughter was only 3, she was bitten by a black racer she was handling by herself, dropped the snake, then picked it back up immediately after to handle it more. If a 3 year old girl wasn't afraid then, and isn't now that she is 6, what is with all the scared adults on here? Quit being a pussy!
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#40
Oct 2, 2009
 
Go watch the (1951) The Day The Earth Stood Still, maybe it could teach you a little about judging things you know nothing about. In fact how different would it be for me to judge everyone based on a single forums post, because if thats the case 90% of the people who posted here are legally retarded and should be killed for soiling the human genome with your ineptitude. Snakes make your food cheaper quit bitching.
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#41
Oct 14, 2009
 
I agree with the pet store owner. The fact is that snakes are highly specialized predators that think in completely different ways about our physical world. This snake didn't know any better. The owner is the only party to blame...he should have known better that ball pythons are expert escape artists. But the fact is that snakes are one of the most misunderstood and falsely demonized creatures on earth. A big deal being made about a ball python attack is silly and has been made into a big deal only because of the fact that it is an exotic snake. Ball pythons are one of the most docile, complacent snakes by nature but when one makes an attack like this it becomes the scapegoat for everyone to pour their misunderstanding, hatred and contempt for all serpents into, poisonous or not. If a pitbull had bitten this boy I doubt there would have been the same media flurry around this even though pitbulls are aggressive and confrontational by nature as compared to the docile ball python.
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#43
Apr 28, 2010
 
Listen people here r the facts the poor child got bit by a snake...

I keep all types of snakes venonmus and boas my 23 foot buremise python has attacked me on numerous occasions and I have had it since it was 2 foot long and I can tell u now all were my fault and the end of the day all snakes r wild predators even captive breed ones it's the instinct to survive yes sure the child got hurt and no that's not nice and yes the owner should have been more responsable

As I said my pythons attacks have all been my fault for instince sneaking into his tank while he was sleeping just to change his water and bang he bit down on my shoulder and rapped me up and boy did he squeeze breaking 2 ribs on my left side and 3 on my right side now this attack lasted no more than 30 seconds and he casual as u like went back in to were he started curled up and went to sleep. So u see natural instincts but not interested in human flesh and believe me the size of this snake could have ate ms no problem and still have room for more my advice to the mother keep your son frm startling of anoying any animals not just snakes if she can't do that keep him away from pet shops 1 most of these people breed animals like machines and u can have all sorts of genetic problems so if your looking for any pet do your research and buy from z reputable breeder I sell snakes and even sell to under 18s that cause u can't just come into my shop and take home an animal that day all sorts of checks r done to make sure the pet is suitable and they understand there needs. Please don't see this post as a cheeky reply just see it as a common sense reply to what some idiots have been saying here.

Any ways I hope your son is ok now and look at it this way in controlled circumstances what if he had been in your garden and attacked without any 1 around wrong place at the wrong time for me
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#44
Jul 2, 2010
 
MsLyn wrote:
Sorry but the pet store owner is an idiot. I hate snakes and cannot for the life of me understand WHY anyone would want one for a pet. But if they choose to have one they should be responsible for any damage it causes. I'm glad the child is okay.
And Common Sense you hit the nail on the head.
Actually snakes make really good pets and these attacks are rare. if in fact abuse was a factor than the owner isn't innocent either. I would get rid of the snake but seriously both are to blame

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