Pet Boa Constrictor Kills Owner

Cops pry animal from owner's neck

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Disillusioned

Posted Jun 11, 2010 1:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suburban Omaha man was strangled by his pet boa constrictor in his home as he was showing off the snake to a friend. Cory Byrne, 34, died in a local hospital just hours after cops and paramedics pried the 9-foot snake from his neck. The snake is being held by the Nebraska Human Society and may be released to a zoo or sanctuary, reports AP.

"The sad reality is, whether it's a dog or a cat or snake, no matter how much you trust an animal, they react unpredictably in certain situations," said a humane society spokesman. It's believed to be Nebraska's first fatality by a pet snake, but some 13 Americans in other states have been killed by pet pythons.

A boa constrictor similar to this one killed its owner in his suburban Omaha home.
A boa constrictor similar to this one killed its owner in his suburban Omaha home.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A red-tail boa constrictor like this one had to be pried from the neck of its owner, who died a short time later.
A red-tail boa constrictor like this one had to be pried from the neck of its owner, who died a short time later.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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