Python in road startles newspaper delivery man

A python similar to the one seen in Chippenham

A python similar to the one seen in Chippenham

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A newspaper delivery man was startled to see a four-foot long python in the road in Chippenham.

He came across the snake early morning last Thursday, at the junction of Woodlands Road and Plantation Road.

Pythons are constrictors that kill their prey by suffocating it and can swallow an antelope whole.

The manager of McColls newsagents in Redland called the police at 6.15am, who went out to catch the slithery visitor, but found it to be dead.

They took the python to the Reptile Shack at Hathaway retail park, were staff confirmed, along with a vet, that it was dead rather than hibernating.

Sergeant Phil Connor said: “It was some width. We don’t know where it came from. I expect it was someone’s escaped pet.”

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9:42am Wed 13 Aug 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

As anyone come forward and claimed the dead snake?
If not why not? who in their right mind has a pet that can kill that's escaped and doesn't report it to the authorities. If they do have the guts to own up they need to be charged with endangering the public!!

#snakekeepingweirdo
As anyone come forward and claimed the dead snake? If not why not? who in their right mind has a pet that can kill that's escaped and doesn't report it to the authorities. If they do have the guts to own up they need to be charged with endangering the public!! #snakekeepingweirdo Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 3

11:32pm Wed 13 Aug 14

politepanda says...

Dr H Z Hackenbush wrote:
As anyone come forward and claimed the dead snake?
If not why not? who in their right mind has a pet that can kill that's escaped and doesn't report it to the authorities. If they do have the guts to own up they need to be charged with endangering the public!!

#snakekeepingweirdo
which MAY be the attitude that ensures no-one comes forward...........
[quote][p][bold]Dr H Z Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: As anyone come forward and claimed the dead snake? If not why not? who in their right mind has a pet that can kill that's escaped and doesn't report it to the authorities. If they do have the guts to own up they need to be charged with endangering the public!! #snakekeepingweirdo[/p][/quote]which MAY be the attitude that ensures no-one comes forward........... politepanda
  • Score: 5

8:33am Thu 14 Aug 14

Hawkless valley says...

A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.
A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit. Hawkless valley
  • Score: 4

9:45am Thu 14 Aug 14

Don Jones says...

Hawkless valley wrote:
A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.
That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers.
[quote][p][bold]Hawkless valley[/bold] wrote: A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.[/p][/quote]That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers. Don Jones
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Thu 14 Aug 14

beetawix says...

Don Jones wrote:
Hawkless valley wrote:
A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.
That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers.
Did your 'most of us' calculation include or exclude those wearing skirts and other variants of non-trouser clothing.
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkless valley[/bold] wrote: A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.[/p][/quote]That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers.[/p][/quote]Did your 'most of us' calculation include or exclude those wearing skirts and other variants of non-trouser clothing. beetawix
  • Score: -4

9:55am Mon 18 Aug 14

Don Jones says...

beetawix wrote:
Don Jones wrote:
Hawkless valley wrote: A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.
That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers.
Did your 'most of us' calculation include or exclude those wearing skirts and other variants of non-trouser clothing.
No clothing-based prejudgment should be inferred. When confronted with a four-foot reptile, we are all equal.
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hawkless valley[/bold] wrote: A four-foot python couldn't kill anything much bigger than a rabbit.[/p][/quote]That's as maybe. But if most of uscame across one first thing in the morning, we'd need a new pair of trousers.[/p][/quote]Did your 'most of us' calculation include or exclude those wearing skirts and other variants of non-trouser clothing.[/p][/quote]No clothing-based prejudgment should be inferred. When confronted with a four-foot reptile, we are all equal. Don Jones
  • Score: 1

11:22am Tue 19 Aug 14

rcandy says...

Does anyone know if the police are treating the death as suspicious?
Does anyone know if the police are treating the death as suspicious? rcandy
  • Score: 2

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