Friday, August 12, 2016

Python bites Orlando man in the haunch, officials want answers

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

click image PHOTO VIA FWC
  • Photo via FWC
The FWC is looking for the owner of an escaped ball python that bit an Orlando man right smack in the haunch this week. 

According to WKMG, Orlando resident Shaun Oleson was sitting on a couch in a screened in porch with a friend, when a ball python latched onto his hip, otherwise known as a flank or haunch.

Ball pythons are non-venomous, but they are non-native to Florida and typically grow to about 4-feet long.

"I don't remember actually grabbing a snake, but when I reached back and pulled it out, I screamed," Oleson said to WKMG. "It was latched onto my side, so I ripped it off of my flank — or my hip. I ripped it off, and it just kept coming out. I threw it across the patio." 

At that point, Oleson's friend killed the ball python. 

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are checking with known ball python owners to see if any have escaped, reports WKMG. 

However, I have a feeling they will never find this snake's owner. Like its cousin the burmese python, there's a good chance this particular snake didn't have an owner at all, and was just one of the many, many invasive reptiles that call Florida home. 

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