Dangerous Python Found in Baby's Crib Trying to Eat His Foot!

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pythonI couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 the first time I saw the classic Lady and the Tramp, but when that rat scuttled into the baby's room, I wanted to go through the ceiling. I had pretty much the same reaction over the ball python found wrapped around an Illinois baby's foot last week. It's part "OMG, that poor baby," and part "OMG, icky, icky, icky, OMG," that goes through my head.

I am a country girl. I am used to wild and wacky animals. But put them near a little kid, and I start hyperventilating. So I was impressed, to say the least, with how William Winans' parents handled the dangerous snake in their son's bed.

Devin Winans says he went into his son's room because he heard the 1-year-old making noises around 11 p.m. He reached into the crib in the dark to comfort him and said he felt something slimy. Now, I don't know about you, but I would have started freaking right then and there. But the elder Winans managed this whole thing like a boss.

He flipped on the light, and when he saw a python wrapped around the baby's foot, trying to eat it, he somehow managed to pull the vicious snake off with a blanket.

His quick and decisive move worked. William was rushed to the hospital for treatment, and he's OK despite a bite and some bruises. Neither Devin nor William's mom Sara was hurt in the incident. A neighbor who owns the snake has been cited for the whole horrible incident. 

The whole thing leaves me wondering what I would have done if I'd been in Winans shoes. Would I have been able to jump into action to save my kid

I mean, I flick bugs off of her. I made her come inside last week when she informed me of a fight between our dog and a groundhog in the backyard. When someone warned me there was a rattlesnake in the creek where we were swimming last week, I very calmly but quickly got her and her two cousins out of the water without alarming the kids.

But none of that stuff is up close and personal (aside from the bugs which are little!). I hate to come off sounding like one of those ninnies who starts shrieking when she sees a creepy critter, but just this past Saturday, I saw a dead rat in a museum exhibit, and I had to walk out of the room quickly. My daughter has to watch the movie Ratatouille alone. And though I adore the dogs in Lady and the Tramp, I still fast forward through the "scary" part because I'm scarred.

So what would I do if there was a real rat in her bed or a snake wrapped around her? I'd like to think adrenaline would take over. I imagine that's what happened with Devin Winans. But I still have to wonder ... if I'd snap into action or scream for help.

Have you had to defend your child from a freaky critter? What did you do?


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LadyKaos LadyKaos

Pythons the new pitbull!  I'm glad the babies safe and I hope the owner is charged for both animal and child abuse.However,not all types of pet snakes get huge and dangerous.Hopefully the blame stays on the owner and not all snakes.Theres a lot of hatred and ignorance tward these types of criters as it is


lizma... lizmartinez

Ball pythons are not dangerous and they only get to about 4 feet long. They "ball" up when they're scared or feeding. I don't know how big this particular python was, but it likely balled up in fear. The biggest concern I have with this story is salmonella. Hopefully the child and sheets were cleaned so no illness spread (should this snake be a carrier).

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

I really wish that someone would just clamp down on the exotic reptile market.  There is absolutely no reason why pythons should be allowed as pets.  They are wild predatory animals.  They have primitive brains and I really doubt that they can be "domesticated" like cats and dogs.  There are simply too many irresponsible people who get them and either let them escape or release them because they become too much of a hassle or too big to handle.  The Florida Everglades now has an eco disaster due to bermese pythons that have invaded the everglades.  A non-native species that is systematically wiping out native animals.  The pythons were introduced to the everglades by irresponsible idiots who released them deliberately because they didn't want them anymore.

nonmember avatar Carrie

This story is terrifying!

I once had to flick a scorpion off of my sleeping 15-month-old's head and then search the room (in the dark because I didn't want to wake the baby up) until I found it. That was fun.

Zyva Zyva

My only comment to this story is that snakes are not slimy. Sorry, They are not. Cold, cool.. not slimy. 

rayeo... rayeofmoonlight

Lizmartinez said pretty much what I was going to say. Also, snakes aren't "slimy."

mrsb17 mrsb17

I agree. Ball pythons aren't dangerous. And if the neighbor was smart..which he/she was not, they would have had locks on the tank. All snakes try to escape.

nonmember avatar Myra

My reaction to anything like that going after my baby would be to destroy it. After extracting a snake like that from my baby I would have found a knife and took it's head off - problem solved. Otherwise I would forever be worried about it coming back. If I see a spider I always squish it because I think if I let it go that will be the one that bites me or my baby.

the4m... the4mutts

Omfg! Fear monger much? The snake would have choked to death for 1.

For 2, snakes are not slimy.

For 3, it probably bit out of fear, and ball pythons are not "vicious" by nature.

Lastly, don't blame the pet, blame the owner! He ovbiously didn't have it in a secure habitat, and probably had not fed it properly. Ball pythons eat more in the summer.

Don't spread around words like "vicious" "dangerous" just because of your own fear and ignorance.

the4m... the4mutts

Pinkbutterfly- you're wrong, and ignorant. Flat out. Try interracting with an animal before you make idiotic claims about their personalities and capabilities.

We have a red tailed boa, a ball python, a corn snake, and a california king snake *this one was wild, we got it in bakersfields oil fields, he was starved half to death*. ALL snakes are intelligent, trainable, and do, in fact, have emotions.

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