A strange and very sad story out of Florida today where a pet python strangles girl in her sleep. A Burmese Python killed a 2 year old Florida girl today after it escaped from its aquarium and attacked the toddler in her bedroom. The snake kills baby attack occurred in the bedroom of Shaunnia Hare. Hare was killed by the snake, owned by her mother’s boyfriend who lived with the family. The boyfriend and snakes owner, Charles Jason Darnell, couldn’t find the snake in the aquarium and found that the pet python strangled the girl.

Gator and Python



Alligator vs. Python in Florida Everglades


The owner of the snake began stabbing the snake to get it off the little girl, but the child was dead by the time paramedics arrived at the home. The owner of the snake did not have a permit for the snake. Currently no charges have been filed but investigators are looking into the possibility of charges.

So let me explain how the picture above is relevant to the story. According to the story, reported on KSL:

Burmese pythons are not native to Florida, but they easily survive in the state and can reach a length of 26 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds.

Some owners have freed pythons into the wild and a population of them has taken hold in the Everglades. One killed an alligator and then burst when it tried to eat it. Scientists also speculate a bevy of Burmese pythons escaped in 1992 from pet shops battered by Hurricane Andrew and have been reproducing since.

Wait, did that say that the snake “burst” when it tried to eat the alligator after it strangled it? Wow. That sounds like a motivated snake.

The Humane Society was quoted in the same story:

The Humane Society of the United States said including Wednesday’s death, at least 12 people have been killed in the U.S. by pet pythons since 1980, including five children.

Burmese pythons are not native to Florida, but they easily survive in the state and can reach a length of 26 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds.

Some owners have freed pythons into the wild and a population of them has taken hold in the Everglades. One killed an alligator and then burst when it tried to eat it. Scientists also speculate a bevy of Burmese pythons escaped in 1992 from pet shops battered by Hurricane Andrew and have been reproducing since.

I wouldn’t be surprised one bit to hear that the snakes owner, and most likely the child’s mother, will be charged with child endangerment or neglect. This is just an awful story.

When are people going to realize that having these types of pets is not a good idea unless you have the facilities and resources to properly care for the animal? Honestly, what was this mother of a small child thinking when she let this guy move into the house with his pet snake? I know it sounds like piling on right now, and really my heart goes out to the mother, but wouldn’t any reasonable person understand that large snakes and toddlers are not a good mix?

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

Two Year Old Killed by Python

Snake kills baby? Awful. It is extraordinarily sad for me to think that a parent would put their child in a position where a Burmese Python strangles baby with no defense. This python killing a 2 year old Florida girl should have never happened. Am I being too harsh here blaming the mother for allowing this type of animal in her home while she had a young child? I don’t think I am, but you may disagree.