A boy and his snake

A glance into the future?: The future is a scary place, with snakes, and bleak, washed out colors.
A glance into the future?: The future is a scary place, with snakes, and bleak, washed out colors.Courtesy nyghtowl
I found this story recently, about a little lad in Cambodia who is inseparable from a wild, 15-foot-long Burmese python. Apparently the snake snaked into town when the kid, who is now seven, was just a few months old. The boy’s father attempted to return the creature to the forest three times, but it just kept coming back, and now the kid refuses to go to sleep without the snake’s company.

15 feet is obviously pretty big, but, being a Burmese python, one of the largest snakes in the world, this particular snake is likely to get even bigger, up to 25 feet and 400 pounds. Pythons aren’t venomous, but they are constrictors, meaning that they generally kill their prey by wrapping their body around it and squeezing it to death (suffocating it). Burmese pythons are typically afraid of humans, but are opportunistic feeders, and “will typically eat almost any time food is offered.” Big pythons will even seek prey such as pigs and goats, animals the size of, say, a seven-year-old boy.

Still, the kid has survived so far. And I suppose a person might actually be safer with a 15-foot snake following them around all the time.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The python that can do that are native to south america

posted on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 6:31pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Pythons are actually native to Asia, Africa, and Australia, but not to the Americas.
Boas (like the giant anaconda) are found in South America, and they look and behave an awful lot like true pythons.

At least that's how I understand it. I could be wrong.

posted on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 9:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Toads are poisonous, snakes are venomous. It's all about how the toxin is introduced into the system. If it is injected, like a snake might with a bite, then it is venomous. Poisonous is when there is transference, like when a snake may bite a toad and the toad secretes toxin through the skin. The toad couldn't poison the snake unless the snake tried to eat it. I guess it's neither here nor there seeing has how the python isn't either.

posted on Wed, 12/05/2007 - 7:21pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Interesting. I'll fix that.

posted on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 12:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ok thats kinda creapy lookin

posted on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 3:40pm
n's picture
n says:

snakes are awsome!

posted on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:58am
n's picture
n says:

That is cool, and the kid is so lucky to have a python.

posted on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:59am

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