A 10-foot-long wild African rock python crushed a 90-pound family pet Siberian Husky as the family watched. This family looked in horror as a huge snake slithered through the back yard of their Miami-Dade home and crushed the family dog.
The python quickly wrapped itself around the neck of the 90-pound dog and crushed the life out of him. As the life was being drained from Duke, the Siberian Husky, the owner desperately called 911 for help. Her son tried to slash the snake with garden shears after frantically trying to free the pet from the snake’s grip; to no avail.
Rescue crews arrived at the Miami-Dade home but said the Siberian Husky had died within minutes of being attacked. They killed the snake and had it sent to the University of Florida so that a necropsy could be performed.
The owner of the 90-pound pet was devastated. She wanted to remain anonymous but said in the 10 years of living in the area she had never seen anything like that. She worried that a snake that size could easily kill a child.
Jorge Pino, a spokesman, said that there is a colony of those types of pythons located in a six-square mile area of the southwest Miami-Dade County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are actively searching for other wild snakes that could possibly be on patrol in the area.
The African python snake is the Africa’s largest snake. This snake lacks the poisonous venom that many snakes possess so it kills its prey by first circling them and then it literally squeezes the life from them. It kills by constriction and can eat animals the size of an antelope and even eats crocodiles on occasion.
This snake is greatly feared by mankind even though it very seldom kills human. Although the snake is not considered an endangered species, it does face the threat of habitat reduction and hunting.
This snake’s body is thick and covered with colored blotches which often line up in a broad, irregular stripe. The head is a triangular shape and is marked on top with a deep brown spear-head contour outlined in bright yellow. They have many sharp teeth that are in a backward curve. The scales of the python are small and smooth and those that surround the lips possess heat-sensitive pits. These pits are used to detect warm-blooded prey, even in the dark. It rarely eats humans but has no problem killing them.
This incident actually happened on August 30 but the horrifying pictures just began to surface this week.
Captain Jeff Fobb said that there were two bite lesions on the neck of the python; this raises the question of who initiated the attack. Fobb, is from the Fire Rescue’s Venom One Unit. He said it’s hard to determine if the snake actually attacked the canine because the snake would have had a problem eating a 90-pound Siberian Husky. He thinks it’s possible that the python was simply acting in defense.
According to Kenneth Krysko, a herpetologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, the African Rock Python is one vicious animal. He said they are so mean they come out of the egg looking to attack.
The African rock python was killed on the scene and later sent to the University of Florida for a necropsy. However, experts believe Duke may have bitten the snake before being attacked.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)