He looks out the window and finds a python around his neck

Cases of attacks by snakes and other tropical animals, unfortunately, are becoming more and more frequent even on the old continent: under the influence of the trend of “breeding” reptiles in homes. This time, the same thing happened to Englishman Rob Byrne, who was attacked by a 12-foot (3.3-meter) python that climbed into his window. The snake tried to bite his arm, injuring him slightly, then ran away when he heard his family’s screams. However, the case will not be isolated. Fire and Rescue Services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight reported an increase in calls reporting snakes escaping.

Mr Byrne, a Bishopstoke resident, told the BBC he had locked the conservatory doors and noticed something moving through the blinds. “While he was trying to sink his teeth into my arm, his teeth scratched my arm and drew blood,” he told local media. The man said his quick movements prevented the snake from biting him. “He grabbed the back of my arm with one of his teeth, and the other tooth caught my polo shirt,” he said.

“When I pushed him, he backed up halfway across the porch, but he cornered me and waved and looked at me,” Byrne said. “At that moment my wife and my nephew came in, saw him and screamed. This must have scared him because he slowly slid out the window,” concluded the man, who was only slightly injured. The python was later captured and taken to Tonbridge in Kent; Here he is cared for at the National Reptile Welfare Centre, a charity that cares for reptiles.

Director Chris Newman said finding a 3.3-metre python was “pretty unusual” as most of them were between 1.2 and 1.5 meters tall. The snake has not been claimed by any owner, but Newman said people should think carefully before purchasing a snake as a pet. The organisation’s president has urged snake owners to make sure the room their pets are in is safe; because he found that many vents were installed incorrectly.

Jim Green, from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said he had received numerous reports of snakes escaping over the summer. “There are consequences when austerity affects people, and when you have a reptile you need electricity to heat the nursery,” Green said, suggesting that in times of crisis families tend to save money by turning off the electricity where they work. protect these animals. “If people can’t afford electricity, then they need to do something responsible with that pet.”

Mr Byrne said the python that attacked him definitely belonged to someone. “They are not native to this country, so someone acted irresponsibly and gave up keeping the animal in the house, or the animal escaped due to inadequate precautions,” the man concluded.

Source: Today IT