Giant pythons are not the kind of creature you want to mess with. Pythons can grow quite large, and pythons routinely eat whole deer in places where the two species coexist. It goes without saying that a 20-foot python can be quite a handful for the unwary, as one pet store owner found out. Terry Wilkins was cleaning out a python’s cage when the snake turned on him, biting him and attempting to squeeze him to death.
Wilkins is the owner of Captive Born Reptiles, a Newport, Kentucky pet store, and he keeps the giant python as a breeding snake. Normally, Wilkins will clean the cage while Melissa McElfresh distracts the snake by tapping on the glass. However, that didn’t work on Monday, and when police arrived on the scene to attempt to save the man, they found Wilkins on the ground with the snake wrapped around his head and neck.
“I saw him lying on the ground. I see a puddle of blood. He looks lifeless. So naturally we have to try to save him. So I grabbed the mop and tried to hold the snake’s head down and that didn’t work. The lieutenant (Lt. Greg Rapberger) stepped aside me and grabbed the snake by the head so we wouldn’t get bit,” said Sgt. Daron Arnberg, who helped rescue Wilkins from the snake. “When he held the head away from the guy, I pulled the snake away from the guy’s neck. We were able to pull the guy away so he could be helped by the paramedics,” said Arnberg.
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