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Brian Ahlin thought he saw a large stick in the middle of 156th Avenue in Ottawa County Monday morning until it reared up and started attacking the side of his pickup.
"I was driving to my home on Polk Street and saw this SUV on the side of the road and I what I thought was a stick in the road," he said. "But as I got closer I said, 'That ain't no stick.' And then as I got closer I realized, 'Shoot, that's snake.' Then I got even closer and I thought 'That's a python!' Then, it started attacking the truck."
Ahlin said he was glad to be surrounded by his 5,000-pound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup as the python repeated lunged into the driver's side with its jaws wide open. Ahlin said he was concerned his 50-pound dog would jump out the window and suddenly "become a snack for that snake."
"I'll tell you, this snake was big enough it could have swallowed a kid," he said. "I mean the girth on that thing was huge."
Ahlin concluded he needed to do something and his Silverado, built like a rock, was up for the job. He put the truck in gear and repeatedly ran over the snake.
"I must have run over him 10 times and it didn't do anything," he said. "It was like running over a piece of rubber. He kept bouncing back with his jaws wide open. Let's just say, I wasn't going to stick my head out."
Trooper Bill Coon displays in the Grand Haven Post a seven-foot-long Burmese Python that had to be killed Monday morning after it lunged at passing vehicles on 156th Avenue in Ottawa County. Enlarge photoTom Moore of West Olive, the driver of the SUV on the side of the road, witnessed the snake attack and called 9-1-1. State Police Trooper William Coon of the Grand Haven Post was dispatch. When Coon arrived, he found a 7-foot-long python lunging at anything that moved, including himself.
"It's jaws were really wide open and he came after me," Coon said. "Even after being run over, it was still lunging."
Coon said he had no choice but to kill the snake. It took three bullets, including one to the head.
"In the eight years I have been a trooper, I've never responded to an animal complaint like this one," he said.
Coon said a Holland pet shop identified the snake as Burmese Python, which is found in Southeast Asia but are bred in the United States as pets. These snakes are capable of growing to more than 20 feet in length and up to 200 pounds.
According to several Internet sites, there is a national problem with owners "dumping" their snakes once they grow to seven-15 feet. At that length, the snakes require eating rabbits several times a month, can produce as much waste as a horse and are extremely difficult to handle.
Coon speculates the python killed in West Olive was a pet that either escaped from its cage or was deliberately released by its owner tired of caring for such a large creature.
However the snake ended up in West Olive, Ahlin believes it was a real danger to children and dogs.
"Something dangerous like that with kids around? Well, we just could not have something like that. I just did not want that thing getting out in the woods."
Originally posted by Ghost147
I just recently saw the "mammoth spider devours a bird" thread (already seen this same topic on another forum), and i am not supprised to see people who state that "they should have saved the bird" or giving false information like "that thing could eat a child" and all this stupid bull#.
Now, befor going into further detail, i want to see how many people on this forum are informed enough to pick out the false details throughout that intire news article?
If you see a potentially dangerous animal in a place where it should not be then kill it.
This is ridiculous! Lets get a few obvious facts out of the way.
That is no Burmese Python, in fact its not even a python! nor does it come from Asia. Its a Boa constrictor from central-south America, reaching 9 feet on average, possessing no venom, nor any danger. Any average Joe out there can over power that animal with his/her own strength.
There is also no way or reason why a snake would be attacking a vehicle. A person, a possibility, But nothing but humans attack just for the hell of it. It would have to be because the animal was cornered or attacked first
Judging by the size of that relatively small species of snake, it would not be eating rabbits. and if it were, it would be an extremely small one, and would eat once a month. Now, how do you suppose that a tiny little rabbit, im talking a young one, not a huge adult, turn its mass into that of Horse manure. It cant, perhaps in the span of 2 or 3 months could it produce that amount that a horse could in a day.
As ive already read a few others say. There is no way that animal could eat a child, or even a baby.
However, i do agree that there are disrespectful reptile owners out there. But the majority, as you can see from all the responses from them here, are extremely knowledgeable and capable of taking care of such animals.
I recall someone saying something about "thats why we should import animals into the pet trades". Where the hell do you think German Sheppard's come, or most house cats, dogs, birds or fish come from? NOT AMERICA!
Just because you or most people in this country have no or little knowledge towards this entire species that inhabits this planet that you live on, Doesn't mean you can brand it dangerous. Stop believing Hollywood when you see someone put over 20 species of non-venomous snakes on a plane and instantly think that they have the capability of killing someone.
Yet again the news bashes an entire species with false information to fuel the frightened and push the people who do take even the most minimal time to research where we live and who else lives with us into the dirt.
Lets focus on how horrible the people who posses this "disgusting" "slimy" creatures are. Lets see how irresponsible and incompetent they are by showing that one person was forgetful enough to leave a tank open letting their (for the most part) perfectly harmless animal to explore. Lets take their right away to keep these animals because of that incident . Lets take their Right to learn from something that doesn't live from their location on the planet. Lets take their right away to be involved with other country's and their inhabitants.
If someone has a car crash, should we ban all vehicles? if a doctor looses a single patient after 20 years helping the sick and injured, should we take away their license to save a life?
I am not directing this to the place that this incident occurred, but to anyone that knows so little about this entire species. To anyone that has their prejudice towards this entire species and the people who own them. For the facts are, that your dog and your horse can and do do much more damage than a small, non-venomous snake could ever accomplish. Its the ignorant that explode when they here that a snake got loose instead of someones dog that jumped the fence.
Spiders, are a good thing to have in your home, whether you think so or not. seeing how they are there for a reason, and that reason is to eat the bugs that are getting in. there for you dont have to bother with them. They dont sneak up in your shoes or bed spread at night. They make their own home in some form of corner, and wait.