- Posted September 17, 2013 by
Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines
Woman bitten by snake
What surprised me that day was to see their new pets, some small snakes called reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus).
After seeing the new place where the Salibay family put the preserved body of Prony, we decided to see other snakes.
Georgia “JingJing” Salibay, the caretaker of the wildlife sanctuary, brought us to other cage where they keep their new pets.
The other snake was shedding.
Just like us, snakes constantly grow new skin cells and must shed the old skin cells.
“It means the snake is growing and getting bigger,” said JingJing. “A snake’s skin does not like our skin therefore they shed.”
But when JingJing was trying to remove the dead skin, the snake suddenly attacked her. She was bitten by the snake!
The snake tried to attack her but she managed to move away.
I was a bit nervous because I was also inside the cage. Anytime, the snake could attack me, too!
Although they said pythons are not venomous but the attack was scary.
I saw blood dripping from JingJing’s arm but she managed to stay calm.
JingJing cleaned the punctures out with soap and water and covered it with a dry cloth.
She said she was bitten by a snake twice. “The bites are not a big deal,” she said. But I told her to watch for signs of an infection, like red streaks up in her arm a couple of days after the bite. In over 20,000 python bites just one time has a bite resulted in an infection.
Reticulated pythons, like anacondas and boa, are not venomous, and do not kill their prey with bites alone. Rather, they will bite their prey and then wrap their massive bodies around the prey.
Reticulated pythons are popular pets at home.
Reticulated pythons are the longest snakes in the world, some measuring over 30 feet. Most grow to sizes of 15 - 25 feet.
These snakes are also hunted for skin, meat, and for folk medicine. Python can inflict injury to the keeper, neighbors, or other pets.
By nature, they do not attack humans, but may constrict or bite, if mistaken for food, or when they feel threatened. Although they don't have venom, reticulated pythons can bite and cause serious injuries. Though human fatalities due to attacks of reticulated pythons are rare, these snakes are capable of inflicting serious bites. They have the capacity to constrict, kill, and even swallow kids and teenagers.
So, think twice before adopting one as a pet.