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Friday, January 26, 2018

Snake Owner Killed By His Pet Python

A snake owner was killed by an 8ft (2.4m) pet python he called his "baby"......

Daniel Brandon, 31, died from asphyxiation at his home near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 25 August.

One of the pets - a female African rock python named Tiny - was found near his body, out of its pen.

Coroner Andrew Bradley said there was no doubt Mr Brandon died "as a result of contact with Tiny" and he recorded a verdict of misadventure.

Mr Brandon had kept snakes for 16 years and Tiny was one of 10 snakes and 12 tarantulas he kept in his room at the family home, North Hampshire Coroner's Court heard.

His mother Barbara Brandon said her son had owned Tiny since it was small enough to fit in his hand.

He never felt threatened by Tiny and was aware of how strong it was, she said, but there were occasions when it would "strike out" if she entered the room.

She told the court on the night of her son's death she heard a bang coming from his room, but had assumed it was a dumbbell falling or that he knocked something over.

She later discovered Mr Brandon unconscious in his bedroom and later found the snake coiled under a cabinet.

The African rock python

Scientific name is Python sebae
The rock python is Africa's largest snake
Can reach lengths of up to 7m and weights of 90kg
Native to Sub-Saharan Africa

They are non-venomous but have a devastating power to constrict their prey before swallowing it whole

In the wild, they can prey on animals such as monkeys, warthogs, antelopes and even crocodiles

Pythons kill by wrapping themselves around their prey and squeezing tighter and tighter but they rarely kill humans.

Mr Bradley said: "The most likely scenario is that Tiny was engaged with Dan - I have no doubt about that.

"She was coiling around him, at which point I have no idea. There was a point at which either she takes hold of him unexpectedly or trips him up or some other mechanism."

Mr Bradley said the snake then hid, probably "because of the shock of him falling or because of his reaction".

However, reptile expert Prof John Cooper, who examined Tiny at the Brandons' home in November, told the court Mr Brandon "would have known how to unwrap a python".

Prof Cooper also inspected the skin that Tiny shed later that month and said if the snake had coiled around Mr Brandon, there would have been scratches visible on the snake's skin caused by him trying to get the reptile off - but there were none.

'Obsessed with snakes'

A statement issued by Mrs Brandon after the conclusion of the inquest described her son as "one of the funniest people you could wish to meet".

"I cry every day and night and relive that evening all the time," she said. "All the family wanted was answers to our questions, and I have no idea yet whether we have that or will."

Mr Brandon's social media pages showed him posing with snakes, including a Burmese python.
From bbc


  1. hahahahaha so Baby finally killed him. RIP man.

    In your next world that is if it will come, dont go near dangerous animals. You are not Adam from the Garden of Eden that played with serpents.

  2. What is the name of that Nigerian guy that owns a snake. He should come and read this.

  3. Very good for d dan banza. That stupid weirdo that calls himself Mike is next.

  4. Keep snakes as pet😎😎


  5. anonymous to bahd26 January 2018 at 08:40

    Pretty mike is next... "Toke" will choke him the hell up!

  6. Proudly Anonymous26 January 2018 at 08:42

    Olowo fowo raku!

  7. I wonder why someone will keep an evil creature as pet. My neighbor saw snake in her flat yesterday and I feel somehow whenever I remember it. I wonder how it entered her flat, she's living upstairs.

    God Bless Everyone.

  8. Snake Lover RIP. Pretty Mike - who named his snake Tokelau watch this page.

  9. Pretty mike club Uno,I sincerely hope you will read this
    Weird people everywhere!
    And the mum,you have to live with him and the snakes for such a long time?
    If Na me,you either leave the house or I leave for you oh!

  10. Tell this one to that disgusting piece of shit Mike or whatever they call him. Daniel I hope you rest in peace.

  11. Should I say RIP?
    Because I still don't understand how a human being will take snakes as pets!

    Like seriously!
    Who does that?

    RIP young boy!

  12. Animals can never be human regardless of how long the have been in someone’s care. RIP Mr.

  13. dude is looking like the white guy that was ghost best friend in the movie power.

  14. Pretty Mike and his TM are next! Pretty, keep bathing and breastfeeding *oops* I meant bottle feeding it. Who keeps snakes as pet biko? When rats, cockroaches and Lizards are still homeless and seeking shelter and love.

  15. leave snakes alone leave snakes alone they won't hear. sebi tiny has finally cut his life short. where's that person that was advertising lion cubs for millions of naira on ihn few weeks back, I just wanna ask 'how market'?

  16. Pretty Mike I know you are reading this

  17. I guess pretty Mike will be next if he doesn't dispose of that nonsense snake of his.


  18. Still wandering why someone will keep snake as a pet, anywayz may his soul RIP

  19. Not to sound cold or unfeeling bt sometimes i dont get this white folks! Why would u run a zoo in ur room and not expect an "accident" to happen? 10 snakes and tarantulas! Common! Wat answers is d mother looking for? She shld ask d snake na! Iranu

  20. I wonder why he will keep snakes as pet, I hope he rest in peace

  21. Reptiles are not creatures capable of affection so I don't know why they are kept as pet. I thought a pet was an animal that gives you back some love and affection and make you feel happy.

  22. May God save us from having a neighbor with a wild animal as pet. There was a case of a guy in New York that got a baby tiger as pet. The tiger was reported by his neighbors I think before it could kill anyone. Animal protection came for it. I once had a staff who told me she had a python pet in her basement. The others had "Avon selling parties" and "Southern living cookware parties" in their homes but I refused to attend any event in this one's house. She said it's kept in its little home in the basement and well fed but I imagined it escaping anytime!,

    You don't know what stupid animals your neighbors have in their basement and call " exotic" pets!! That's why I never allowed my daughter to babysit when she clocked the age of babysitting even after they trained them with electronic "babies" that needed feeding, cried and did most things babies do. We didn't allow her because even Pitbull dogs and some other breeds are dangerous. A Pitbull reportedly killed the owner's 2 year old baby as she briefly left him for the bathroom and forgot to lock the door to her room where she had her baby!!! They said the Pitbull was jealous of the attention that the owner shifted to the baby!! They euthanized the dog but the damage was done!!


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