According to news reports yesterday, a woman was found dead with an 8 foot snake wrapped around her neck.
Samantha Morton, Indiana State Director for the Humane Society of the United States released the following statement:
“Any constricting snake 8-feet or more in length is capable of killing an adult human. These powerful predators are far too dangerous to be kept as pets or in households in residential neighborhoods. The Humane Society of the United States urges the Indiana legislature to pass stronger laws to prevent people from harboring a deadly animal that endangers communities and first responders.
At least eighteen people have died from large constrictor snake related incidents in the United States since 1978 — 13 of those since 1990. In 2006 in Indiana a 23-year-old Lanesville man was killed by his 14-foot reticulated python.”