Buying a Python While Drunk Never a Good Idea
Brit gets 8 weeks in prison after ill-advised purchase
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
A guy bought an African rock snake only to have it attempt violence on his friend.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A UK man's party purchase almost killed his sleeping buddy. While Dwayne Matthews was drinking with friends, a van arrived whose driver was selling a stolen 10-foot-long python, his lawyer tells the Coventry Telegraph. "In his wisdom, and no doubt egged on by his inebriated friends," Matthews took him up on the offer. The next morning, he walked into the room where his friend was sleeping; the African rock snake was "rearing up at (the friend) in an S-shape, its jaws open like a cobra," the lawyer says.

To his credit, Matthews tossed a blanket over the snake and got it back into its glass tank. Then he tried to sell it to a local pet shop, which had gotten wind of a recent snake theft and called police. Matthews got sentenced to eight weeks in prison after admitting receiving stolen goods. "He didn’t decide to get rid of it by dumping it in a bin," says his lawyer. "He was doing the best he could to remedy the situation."

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mommy_of_samhain
Mar 26, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
Good gosh! What a moron!
donwine
Mar 26, 2013 9:24 PM CDT
The python in the picture is a Burmese - not an African rock snake!
GeorgeL
Mar 26, 2013 6:54 PM CDT
On her way to work one morning Down the path along side the lake A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew "Oh well," she cried, "I'll take you in and I'll take care of you" "Take me in oh tender woman Take me in, for heaven's sake Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived She found that pretty snake she'd taking in had been revived "Take me in, oh tender woman Take me in, for heaven's sake Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake Now she clutched him to her bosom, "You're so beautiful," she cried" But if I hadn't brought you in by now you might have died" Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite" Take me in, oh tender woman Take me in, for heaven's sake Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake" I saved you," cried that woman"And you've bit me even, why? You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die" "Oh shut up, silly woman," said the reptile with a grin "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in "Take me in, oh tender woman Take me in, for heaven's sake Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/al_wilson/ Moral to the story... don't handle a snake unless you know what you're doing.