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A lesson on snakes

Today on the news there was an article which made me go WHY twice. The article was about two boys in Canada who got strangled by an African Rock Python which had escaped from a pet shop.

Ok, the first WHY is WHY has a pet shop got an AFRICAN ROCK PYTHON!? It can grow to 6 meters, can weigh over 100 pounds and can eat buffalo! So why would a pet shop keep a python?

The second WHY is why the python would kill people? In the wild, they eat gazelles, buffalo, and other African herbivores. Humans would be too small and the pet shop always fed the python (hopefully).

So that’s just a little WHY post for this news article. I’ll probably do another WHY news article and they can join Monarch 101 and Ben’s Top 5 as regular articles.python


About Ben Williams

I'm 16 years old. I like animals, lasagne, comic books, films, role-playing games and Doctor Who. I write cool stuff - Doctor Who, science fiction, film reviews, and quirks about Britain. I have a blue-tongued skink called Georgy and a cat called Billy.

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  1. Graham Williams

    When threatened, animals have two main responses – run away or attack (playing dead is a reaction limited to very few species). I do not know the full details, but my guess is that it is not a food thing and that the two boys came across the python and decided that it would be fun to prod it a bit.


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