An 8 foot pet rock python called Tiny has strangled its owner.
Dan Brandon, the British owner of the snake, was found dead in the bedroom of his house in Cookham, Hampshire, England by his mother. The snake was lying close by.
A coroner ruled that Brandon, a lover of exotic pets who kept 10 snakes and 12 tarantulas in his bedroom, had died of asphyxia after his pet had wrapped itself around him and strangled him.
But the coroner concluded that he didn’t think that the snake had meant to do it. He believed the snake was not aggressive but had most likely coiled around in a Brandon in an affectionate way and had not realized its own strength.
The coroner, pathologist Dr Adnan al-Badri, said:
“The most likely scenario is that that Tiny was engaged with Dan. I have no doubt she was coiling around him. There was a point at which either she took hold of him unexpectedly or trips him up or there is some other mechanism. She then makes off maybe because of the shock of him falling or the shock of his reaction. I have to accept that Tiny is instrumental in Dan’s death.”
He said he believed that in a “moment of peace” Brandon was “communing” with the snake and it “went wrong” for some reason. “He is asphyxiated as a result of his contact with Tiny.”
Prof John Cooper, a vet and snake keeper, visited Brandon’s bedroom and examined Tiny. He said he had been impressed by the conditions Brandon kept his snakes in.
“He was an experienced herpetologist who cared for his reptiles and would have had a good relationship with his animals. He did not have them for macho reasons.”
Source: The Guardian