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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
A boa constrictor similar to this one killed its owner in his suburban Omaha home.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(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.

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Jun 11, 2010 5:26 PM CDT
The people who have snakes keep them in tiny cages & feed them rats. What kind of existence is that. You might as well have a gold fish.
Jun 11, 2010 3:32 PM CDT
i like snakes. but i don't keep them as pets. they serve a unique purpose in nature. to take a boa out of his/her element, and have the misconception that 'your boa is your pet' is just plain ignorant. leave the wild alone. you can't make a 'pet' out of a boa, a chimp, a tiger etc. if you think you can you are deluded and doing a disservice to that species. if ya wanna cuddle up to something get a loyal dog or a lovely cat, tabby, not tiger. i really don't have a lot of empathy for people who take on these animals and then suffer either death or horrible disfiguration when they bite the hand that feeds them.
Jun 11, 2010 2:58 PM CDT
Certain people like snakes. I personally do not. Perhaps owning a snake and having it kill the owner is natures way of weeding out the dimwitted.