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averagezoe
Don't breed or buy while homeless animals die!
07:37 PM on 01/07/2013
I didn't know that pythons were indigenous to Australia, so I learned something. I'm glad this woman was able to remove the snake from her child and equally glad that the snake was released into the wild. While I am not at all fond of reptiles - they actually terrify me - this snake meant no harm and didn't deserve to die.
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Michael Wilkerson
So cool, so modest too.
08:48 PM on 01/07/2013
The pythons of Australia are not the same as the pythons of Africa and Asia. They are neither the same size nor as dangerous.
12:10 AM on 01/08/2013
And they are really pretty animals. Carpet and diamond pythons are spectacular lloking.
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evecaren
Every cloud has a silver lining
02:29 PM on 01/08/2013
I totally agree with you, averagezoe, when you say " this snake meant no harm and
didn't deserve to die."
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AcunningDisguise
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07:36 PM on 01/07/2013
A snake looking for warmth is not threatening so she removed the snake she did not save anything there was no threat besides the perceived one however guts woman none the less.

Had the snake wanted to eat the kid the woman would have been far to late.
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22LRforme
11:04 PM on 01/07/2013
Hello.A 6 foot python couldn't have eaten the kid it's mouth was to small but they can lay a nasty bite on you i can't.But the scary thing is if the snake would have been wrapped around the babys neck or ribs because they are constrictors thats how they kill there prey they bite it to hold onto it then wrap there bodys around it.I like sakes I have caught so many in my lifetime I couldn't even come up with a number and I believe I have only been bitten once by a little garden snake it didn't hurt it's mouth was to small but I have caught rattle snakes and copper heads and I am really carefull if it is a poisenious snake because I don't want to go to the DR or die by a snake bite I just turned the copper head loose aways from my house I was thinking of killing it but it was just a baby with that new skin it was absolutly beautifull so I thought this snake didn't ask me to catch it so I was driving I opened the lid on the jar and through it in a wooded area.but my dad is deathly afraid of snakes I guess you can say I drove him nuts catching them all the time.
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Stahnsfield
Occupy our government.
07:13 PM on 01/07/2013
I would have a nice new coastal python or carpet snake belt to show for all of my trouble.
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22LRforme
11:15 PM on 01/07/2013
Hello that would be pretty but there was no need in killing the snake it was just trying to keep warm BUT after it bit my kid the first time it would have been dead if it wouldn't have bitten my kid I would have let it go I like snakes and have caught many many over the years.One cool thing me and my daughter seen was I was digging a trench to plant some tomato plants I had the trench dug and I got crappy soil so I filled it with water to let it soak in as much as it could before planting and I went to see how much water had soaked in and there was a snake about 1 and a half feet long drinking the water so I callled for my youngest the snake wasn't scared of us or us it but it was cool watching it drink.
07:08 PM on 01/07/2013
Why are these people talking about what the snake's intentions were? I can understand warm blooded animals like dogs, horses, sheep, cats, and the list goes on. I've never been able to understand what reptiles are "thinking about doing". I don't understand why the snake was released into the wild. If it couldn't find anything to eat, like other wild animals, they begin broadening their territory, into areas already populated by humans. It won't end well for the snake, or any other victims..., like a pet dog or cat and such. Read up on polar bears traveling south into one community or another, in an effort to find food. I understand starvation, and self preservation will dictate animal behavior. They should've killed the snake!

When I was young, I used to hunt snakes, to be used as food for some types of aquatic turtles. Some years ago, I captured a snake in my lawn. I released the snake about 100 yards beyond my lawn. The snake came back. I tried to release it again. It came back again, so I killed it.
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Patricia M1107
It's just an opinion, get over it
07:24 PM on 01/07/2013
a 6 ft snake may go after a large rabbit, but a snake that size couldn't possibly eat a 2 yr old, even if she were small. now one that is 9-12 feet MIGHT be able to...
I used to own pythons and got rid of them whe I had my children bc they do get bigger and they really search for warmth... Cold blooded animals don't think like mammals or humans... The snake can seriously hurt the baby bc of how tight they can coil and the biting was probably to hold on, still.. too pull a snake off like that is just dangerous... you need to be calm and uncoil it or it will wrap tighter on the child
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22LRforme
11:23 PM on 01/07/2013
Hello.That's so sad it meant you no harm it wasn't chasing you and alot of small snakes eat bugs you should have left it alone even if by some wierd chance it got in your house it wouldn't be on purpose just catch it and put it back out side.The only way I will kill a snake around my house is if it is poisenious and I try to catch it to release it down the road is if the snake turned violent then it would die.
06:55 PM on 01/07/2013
Ahh.......sez the snake, a second chance!!
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06:48 PM on 01/07/2013
"Guthrie didn't want the snake killed, and instead it was released into the wild."

I like this woman. The snake was doing what it knows. Trying to get warm.
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se72748
07:19 PM on 01/07/2013
and maybe killing her baby in the process.You like this woman eh? Okay,you are fired as my baby sitter.
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07:28 PM on 01/07/2013
Snakes aren't evil. This woman lives in Australia where there are a lot of snakes. It was trying to find warmth not kill her kid. My babysitting days are over, so no worries there. I use to fear snakes myself until my oldest got a job at a pet co. I got to hold some snakes, a tarantula and all kinds of lizards. They're pretty cool and not slimy at all.
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CamelPaw357
06:27 PM on 01/07/2013
No worries. This kind of thing happens all the time in Australia. Now a croc in a crib? That would indeed be something to worry about.
06:45 PM on 01/07/2013
Yeah especially since your citizens are disarmed.
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CamelPaw357
06:48 PM on 01/07/2013
I've bagged my share of big crocs, not in Australia, but in DR Congo. The Congo River is full of these bloodthirsty beasts.
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mech126
Science, and government are "NOT" the enemy...
07:00 PM on 01/07/2013
They seem to be doing better then us right now....
06:10 PM on 01/07/2013
that cat would be fed the best food all its life.
06:05 PM on 01/07/2013
A 6 foot long python escaped from a fish tank in Illinois, constriced a sleeping baby, then returned to the fish tank.
06:31 PM on 01/07/2013
well dead things approach ambient temperature so he lost interest in staying warm there.
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se72748
07:22 PM on 01/07/2013
A python escaped its cage in florida a few years ago and killed a baby in it's crib.The parents are in prison
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hlnpayne
06:01 PM on 01/07/2013
i hate snakes
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CamelPaw357
06:27 PM on 01/07/2013
I don't like spiders or snakes.
06:36 PM on 01/07/2013
poor spiders, no need to hurt them, they are harmless and kill many insects
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AcunningDisguise
magnus gigas caput
07:40 PM on 01/07/2013
I love both been snake hunting since I was a kid and spiders are just the coolest things! Snakes are important for rodent control.
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ducktrucker
06:40 PM on 01/07/2013
Me to.
05:40 PM on 01/07/2013
oh..and I forgot to mention...I would do housework with my snake around my neck. I could feel her restricting (to get the heat). She never once tried to kill me and eat me! People need to respect wildlife and understand why they do what they do before making irrational decisions to just kill them!
05:37 PM on 01/07/2013
This snake was not trying to eat this child. A 6 foot python cannot consume a toddler! This snake wanted the heat that the child radiated. Anyone that knows anything about snakes would agree. I had a 3 foot ball python once...I never once tried to feed it full grown rats because I knew they were TOO BIG! Mom made a mistake by threatening the snake...that is why it bit the child. I'm glad the child is ok. People in snake-laden areas need to learn to snakeproof their houses!
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pluggy64
Do not underestimate the power of the humdinger
05:43 PM on 01/07/2013
Just fanned you. I kept snakes as a hobby. A six footer weighs only a fraction of a toddler. Also, if a snake is truly constricting, it won't repeatedly strike, it stays latched on.
06:08 PM on 01/07/2013
exactly!
06:38 PM on 01/07/2013
It was latched on the third time it bit the child, it was only biting more than once to get a better grip, READ>> {"On the third time [it was biting down on her] I grabbed the snake on the head and I pulled her and the snake apart from each other,"}

Having said that I am glad they released the snake unharmed,, the snake was only acting like snakes act. It didn't go looking for a baby to eat, BUT, what if the baby had woke up and tried to get the snake off, more than likely the snake would have constricted around the kids neck thinking it was being threatened.
My other thought is WHY with the snakes great ability to detect another animal using heat sensors, why would a snake choose to cuddle up to a human or any other animal for that matter. I suspect that snake was out hunting for food, found out the kids arm could be swallowed and started to constrict it thinking it was seperate from the child.
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cityinthesea1990
Just when I thought I couldn't be suprised
05:46 PM on 01/07/2013
You are bonkers. The snake was in her house threatening her child, not the other way around! It's not the mom's fault and you shouldn't blame her.
06:11 PM on 01/07/2013
I am not bonkers...and I realize the snake was in her house threatening her child. But as a good mother would have done, living in an area known for lots of snakes, would be to snakeproof her house. It's horrible what happened to this toddler, but the snake had no bad intentions. I'm sure as a mother you don't think of this at the time and I am sure I would have reacted the same way... but if you live in an area that is known for snakes, then you should learn about them so you know how to deal with these situations!
06:33 PM on 01/07/2013
they are Democrats in the US and totally out of touch with reality.
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04:51 PM on 01/07/2013
THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL SNAKE. SO GLAD THEY DIDN'T KILL IT!
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psyisascam
hp deletes my best ideas
05:00 PM on 01/07/2013
interesting ; i was thinking just the opposite. wonder if there is any way to use the meat
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LACKOFFAITH
05:25 PM on 01/07/2013
Taste like rattle snake?
06:34 PM on 01/07/2013
tastes like chicken. I can see the sign with a chicken saying eat more snake!
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humphry
The Voynich Manuscripts.
05:28 PM on 01/07/2013
My neighbour is always bragging about his huge python, he plays with it every chance he gets..He reckons he would dies without it.....
06:21 PM on 01/07/2013
humm i play with mine too it never bites me but it does spit sumtimes
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Harry Ballzonya
Welcome to The Grand Illusion...
04:46 PM on 01/07/2013
Aww that aint nothin, I go to bed everynight with a one foot python :)
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ultrawiz
Holding the Middle Ground
04:49 PM on 01/07/2013
Boyfriend?
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Harry Ballzonya
Welcome to The Grand Illusion...
04:52 PM on 01/07/2013
LOL :)
06:22 PM on 01/07/2013
whats his name harry are you married to him its ok these days
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Harry Ballzonya
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06:35 PM on 01/07/2013
Gee guess I shoulda said I take MY one foot python to bed every night.......By the way, I call him Harry Junior!