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originally posted by: Mandroid7
originally posted by: Baddogma
Ah, the magical circle of life! The benevolent and loving universe watches over all of us ... unless you run into something that's hungry and larger than you are, that is.
Some of these constrictors reach 30+ feet , so yeah, people are chow, too. Reminds me of that photo from the 1950's taken by a bush pilot in Africa of a monster snake (conservatively) estimated to be over 50 ' long... reportedly it lunged at the plane.
Anyway, yup... monsters exist and thanks for the lovely corpse from the gutted snake video.. .I needed impetus to stick to a diet.
Cool story, just found it
originally posted by: Brian4real
Just chiming in with a lil info for those in fear of becoming constricted by one of these. Ive owned Reticulated, Burmese, and Baal Pythons and a few Red Tail Boa Constrictors. My roomate also happens to be a reptile breeder.
The chances of being caught up in one of these giants is slim, but if you are, and you can see, and reach the tail, bend the tail in the opposite direction.
When they are constricting, the very tip of the tail will be shaped like the letter J.
IF (thats a BIG if), you can unroll the tip, the snake will loosen up and drop like a strand of yarn.
The tail holds the tension, so they only squeeze tighter and dont loosen up. Think of it like a ratchet. Bending that tail unlocks the ratchet. Keep in mind if a 20+ foot python constricts you, on its initial tensioning its applying a couple thousand pounds of force, and its going to break bones and crush organs. The smaller guys that are around 10-12 feet (which you are most likly to come into contact with) can constrict you enough kill you. That is when the bending the tail trick is most practical/logical. I was bitten (due to carlessness on my part) by my 9ft Red Tail Boa Constrictor when reaching in her tank. She had half of my hand in her mouth and had my arm almost completely wrapped before I could blink. So youll need to act fast!!