A huge python dragged a 5-year-old boy into a swimming pool in Australia and rolled around him.
Beau Blake was walking near a swimming pool at his home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, when the 6-foot-tall carpet python slid out of the garden and bit his leg, 9News reported.
The snake, three times the size of the boy, dragged him into the pool and began to coil around his leg.
Pythons are non-venomous, meaning bites are not fatal. But their teeth can cause a painful injury.
“I just started kicking back on the lounge, just started enjoying a can [can of beer] and all of a sudden it was on,” the boy’s father, Ben Blake, told NBN News. “Before he even hit the bottom of the pool, it was completely wrapped around the leg… joint.”
The boy’s grandfather, 76-year-old Alan Blake, immediately jumped into the pool after his grandson.
Once the boy was out of the pool, the hose was detached from his leg. His father told NBN that he grabbed the snake close to the head, “squeezed and pulled”.
The incident must have been “scary for the parents,” herpetologist Chris Jolly, a postdoctoral researcher at Charles Sturt University and a research fellow at the Australian Museum, told me. News Week.
“It’s quite a bizarre event […] Unprovoked python bites on humans are extremely rare. We are well out of range of their normal prey. Bites usually occur because the snake feels threatened and has no limbs, the only way to defend itself is to bite. It’s newsworthy because it’s so unusual,” Jolly said.
The boy escaped the incident with only minor injuries but was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“Pythons have long, thin, recurved teeth that are designed to grab on to furry or feathered prey. They tend to leave a lot of small holes in you if you get bitten, but if you back off, they can do more wreak havoc,” said Jolly. .
Pythons kill their prey by constriction. The snake wraps around its prey, tightening each time it takes a breath, until it suffocates.
In this case, the snake was released back into the bush after the incident, the boy’s father told Melbourne radio station 3AW.
“He went back to the scene of the crime, the naughty thing,” Blake told the news outlet.
The snake season in Australia is currently in full swing. The cold-blooded reptiles become more active in the warm spring and summer months. During this time, snakes are often found slithering into residential areas in search of food and shelter. They can sometimes show up in strange places. One was recently found in a rooftop near Queensland.
In October, two carpet pythons were filmed struggling over a woman in a vicious brawl.
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