Mom Finds Python Squeezing Sleeping Toddler in the Nick of Time

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pythonSo let's say it's 3:30 in the morning and suddenly you wake up because your cat is hissing like a maniac. So you follow the sound of the agitated kitty into your 2-year-old daughter's bedroom and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD there's a six-foot python wrapped around her arm. What do you do?! What do you do?!?!

Well, if you're 22-year-old Tess Guthrie of Australia, you grab that big bad snake around the head -- which, unfortunately, causes the snake to bite 2-year-old Zara on the hand three times -- but that's kind of okay, because pythons aren't venomous (they kill their prey by squeezing the life out of it and swallowing it whole), so ultimately grabbing that python by the head was a smart move. Then a snake removal service came and took the python away and little Zara was treated briefly at the hospital for the bites and all's well that ends well, right?

But there is another piece of this story, involving the manner in which Tess decided to dispose of the snake, that strikes some parents as rather ... odd. See, apparently Tess allowed the snake remover to release the python back into the wild ... only three miles from her house. Personally, I would find that a bit too close for comfort, I think. Personally, I would probably prefer to smash the python's head in with a baseball bat, which I think is actually a fairly normal maternal reaction to seeing one's offspring nearly killed by a wild animal, but what do I know?

According to the snake remover, Tex Tillis, the python wasn't even trying to do the child any harm:

"The snake, not in any way, shape, or form, had intended to eat the baby -- it was trying to have a group hug."

See, what do I know? All this time I thought pythons were dangerous, and it turns out they're just as cuddly as grizzly bears or lions. Perfectly appropriate playmates for any small child.

Uh, sure. Sleep lightly, Tess and Zara. And make sure that cat sticks around.

Would you want the python released into the wild so close to home if you were this mom?


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Rosas... RosasMummy

The snake guy was probably right, if it wanted to kill her it would have wrapped round her body/neck, not one arm, I would imagine. snakes aren't dumb it wouldn't have got her arm by accident.

candy... candyw210

No way!! What if it finds it's way back! I am all for releasing it back into the wild, but somewhere far far far away from my home!

Laurlev Laurlev

I highly doubt the snake is going to travel 3 miles to eat a toddler.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

When a python is killing prey to eat they bite first, then coil. If the bite loses grip they rebite. So it probably was just coiling up. And the multiple bites from a python are fear. When they bite prey they hold on. If they lose grip they don't rebite immediately. I have 4 pythons myself

the4m... the4mutts

Snakes aren't stupid. If it wanted to kill her, it WOULD have been aroun her neck/chest area. It probably wanted her body heat. I've woken up to a 5.5ft ball python, and/or a 5ft red tailed boa around my feet more than once. They're my snakey babies and sometimes they like to co-sleep too.

tinyp... tinypossum

What kind of idiot has a snake in the house that can get loose and "snuggle up" to her baby? That should be one dead snake and a mom who needs a reality check. 

the4m... the4mutts

I don't have babies. I have kids too large for my snakes to hurt. There is no reality check needed if you're speaking about my comment. M snakes were hand raised from eggs, and pose no threat what-so-ever. 5ft, doesn't mean 10inches around. It means long, not large. My cats are more dangerous than my 3 pet snakes.

And if you're referring to the article, I may be mistaken, but I don't think it was HER snake. I believe it snuck in the house

aeneva aeneva

The mother did not know the snake was in her house tinypossum read the entire article linked before ASS-U-MEing things!  I would have gradbbed a knife or something to kill the snake with most likely would have been my reaction.  The snake was likely just cuddling up for warmth though because as others have said it would have been around her chest and already have biten her if it was trying to kill/eat her.

Trina... Trina.mhmm

the4mutts- I cant agree with you more! My snakes are my babies too. I have a lazy ball python and a baby brazillian rainbow. They do love to cuddle, especially my ball. I dont have children but wouldnt hesitate for a minute to have them around children. They are so gentle and calm. Never once has either struck or been aggressive towards me. My cat however, thats a whole different ball game!

Reepi... Reepicheep.CSL

I know a woman who raised a snake. She used to sleep with it too. She had to take it to the vet because it had started to act strange. It stopped eating and when it slept now it didn't curl up nicely it was all stretched out.

The vet freaked and told her she had to get rid of the snake, the very snake she raised from infancy, because it was sizing her and trying to create room to eat her!

So while you may feel an attachment to your pet is still a wild animal with reptile instincts!

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