- Feb 25, 2010
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42801983Snake owner killed by his pet python
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Image captionDaniel Brandon's social media pages showed him posing with snakes, including a python
A snake owner was killed by his pet python, an inquest has heard.
Daniel Brandon, 31, died from asphyxiation at his home near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 25 August.
One of the pets he kept at home - a female 8ft (2.4m) 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.
The inquest at North Hampshire Coroner's Court heard Mr Brandon had kept snakes for 16 years and the python was "his baby".
His mother Babs told the hearing he kept 10 snakes and 12 tarantulas in his room at the family home.
She said he had owned Tiny since it was small enough to fit in his hand.
Her son 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 said she discovered Mr Brandon unconscious in his bedroom on the night of his death and later found the snake coiled under a cabinet.
https://www.theguardian.com/artandd...ren-pond-test-of-faith-old-yeller-rattlesnake'Praise the lord and pass the rattlesnakes': the pastor killed by the viper he preached with
Mack Wolford coiled venomous snakes round the arms and necks of his congregation. One, called Old Yeller, killed him. Photographer Lauren Pond relives how she captured the tragedy
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Pastor Mack Wolford had many ways of getting the faithful all fired up. He would drive from town to town, preaching, singing, speaking in tongues and brandishing – on several occasions – venomous snakes. Wolford, who lived in McDowell County in West Virginia, belonged to the Full Gospel Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus, one of the few remaining small Appalachian Pentecostal sects known as “sign followers”.
They adhere to a literal interpretation of a passage from the Gospel of Mark in the King James Bible. “And these signs,” it says, “shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
You know the story - go out with a bunch of friends for a bit of wine tasting on a warm Sunday, neck a few too many glasses over lunch and next thing you remember is you're all alone playing at Houdini atop some stone wall next to the winery restaurant and everyone's got their phones out. We've all been there.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44392861Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head
- 7 June 2018
Image captionRattlesnakes can continue to bite hours after dying
A Texan required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he had killed.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden when he saw the four-foot (1.25m) rattlesnake and decapitated it.
When he picked up the snake's remains to dispose of them, the head bit him.
A snake's bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died. Ms Sutcliffe told KIII-TV her husband immediately began to have seizures.
In the Appalachians the alleged rule is that a snake will always bite the 3rd person in line. The first one wakes it up, the second one pisses it off, and the third one gets the response.... Snakes will always bite the last one in a line ...
It's quite amazing what a human body can do without thinking E.G., isn't it. We have a bastard of a snake here, an Eastern Brown who likes to chase...I reckon personally that they hunt as well.In the Appalachians the alleged rule is that a snake will always bite the 3rd person in line. The first one wakes it up, the second one pisses it off, and the third one gets the response.
I was once the 3rd in line as the two in front of me stepped onto / over a sizable diamondback rattler. It took a dramatic leap backward to evade the raised head and bared fangs that rose to meet my next step ...
Wikipedia says '...it could outpace a person running at full speed...'. Wow.It's quite amazing what a human body can do without thinking E.G., isn't it. We have a bastard of a snake here, an Eastern Brown who likes to chase...I reckon personally that they hunt as well.
I was swimming in an Irrigation ditch in South Australia at a place called Tailem Bend, when a mate pointed out a 'V" in the water, about 40 feet away.
Within 10 seconds that 'V' was 15 feet away. by that time I was out of the water and climbing the bank. Anyway. He hit the bank and chased me at a fair rate of knots for another 40 feet before stopping and watching me keep going.
Bastard of a snake I reckon.
Technicians in shock after snake found in Sydney air conditioning unit
A pair of air conditioning technicians have had the shock of their careers after finding a python curled up inside the circuitry of a unit they were disassembling in Sydney's inner-west.
The animal, almost two metres in length, unfortunately didn't survive his adventure inside the air-conditioning unit of the Earlwood home and had likely been electrocuted a few weeks ago, said resident David Marchant.
"The installers were just relieved it wasn’t alive. At first they weren’t 100 per cent sure it was actually dead. I said no, look, nothing alive smells like that."
The technician said in his 18 years of installing air conditioning he’d never seen anything like it, Mr Marchant said. His assistant was lost for words.
"The young offsider was so shocked he could barely speak, he just kept shaking his head."
The family lives in Earlwood in Sydney's inner-west, but their home backs onto bushland around the Cooks River, which is where Mr Marchant thinks the snake must have come from.
I agree KW. Largely, people who live east of the Hawkesbury/Nepean are pretty much isolated from this sort of thing - unless they've come to the big smoke to work.Despite Australia's reputation, Sydney's Inner West is not the sort of place where you expect something like this:
They wear Blundstones and don't want to get them clarty. They want produce out of season and then complain about how much we import. They get offended if you stir them about Quinoa.So ah, what's so funny about us? (Apart from not being used to handing snakes)
Is that water down there, or is it a pool of something that hasn't evaporated yet?
I don't know how they do it. Hats off to them.Well spotted - I'd say Myth, that there's a pair of dams on their last legs in the photo. They don't dig them deep - maybe two to three metres deep, but they dig them wide, so unfortunately, evaporation is very efficient.
This area has a transevaporation rate of 1800mm a year - about 74'' a year, that's 6'2'' of guaranteed evaporation per annum and with an average yearly rainfall of 23''...This is the land where cactus's die from a lack of rain
I reckon that to get a crop of wheat consistently from this area takes the planning of a mathematician, the insight of a philosopher, and the determination of Herakles...or, the persistence of a farmer.
Onya KW...I tell 'em that if quinoa is pronounced keenwah, then cocoa should be pronounced kohkwah.I wish I could say any of the above was untrue. But it isn't.
That's a wonderful neighborhood.
Just another envious suburbanite here. But I don't have a 4WD and I laugh at the Qinoa crowd too.