In a residence purportedly housing 140 different snakes, an Indiana girl was discovered lifeless Wednesday night with an 8-foot-long python hanging round her neck.
According to a report from the Journal & Courier, police are presently investigating the demise of Laura Hurst, 36, in Oxford, Indiana, although they’ve a hunch. “She appears to have been strangled by the snake,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley informed the Journal & Courier, however that reality stays unconfirmed till outcomes come again from an post-mortem scheduled for Friday.
The reticulated python wrapped round Hurst’s neck was apparently one of 20 snakes she saved in the home and visited frequently. It purportedly belongs to Benton County Sheriff Don Munson (Oxford is an element of Benton County), a next-door neighbor who was additionally the primary to return throughout the physique. He’d retrofitted the residence into a kind of makeshift snake sanctuary crammed with 140 snakes per the J&C report, although precisely what number of belong to him stays unclear. According to the report, Munson referred to as Hurst’s demise a “tragic accident with loss of human life.”
While captive pythons are usually much less aggressive than their wild counterparts, assaults are nonetheless far from unusual. One research discovered that no less than 16 individuals in the U.S. have been killed by them between 1978 and 2009. Their sheer measurement alone can show difficult for a lot of homeowners. Reticulated pythons can weigh as much as 350 kilos and develop upwards of 20 ft lengthy.
And I simply wished to share this reality as a result of I discovered it deeply disturbing: Though they often strangle their prey, there’s been a couple of uncommon circumstances of wild pythons swallowing grown women and men complete. Holy crap.
[H/T Journal & Courier]