A 12-foot pet albino Burmese python escaped its cage early this morning and slithered into the room of a 2-year-old child in Sumter County where the reptile wrapped around the toddler and suffocated her.
He said that the snake's owner, Charles Jason Darnell, 32, who was identified as the boyfriend of the girl's mother, Jaren Hare, 23, awoke and found the snake missing from its cage. Concerned about the toddler, he ran into the little girl's room and found the snake atop the child.
Hill, with the fish and wildlife commission, said Darnell does not have the required permit to own a Burmese python, considered a "reptile of concern" because of its threat to humans and its impact on the environment if it is set free or escapes. An owner must show experience in handling snakes to obtain the permit, she said. Having a python without a permit is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Pythons are not a native species, but are a popular pet among snake owners. They are constrictors and kill their pray by wrapping themselves around the victim and squeezing. Pythons can grow to more than 25 feet. Thousands have escaped into the Everglades over the past decade, and are wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, wildlife officials say.
July 1st comes, and we have two ... TWO ... Animal Uprisings in one day, resulting in horrific human casualty?
Look, all jokes aside, this guys Charles Jason Darnell, needs to go away for a long, long time ... you don't put a killer snake in a freakin bag, fail to secure it, and then go to bed like its nothing, Animal Uprising or not.
We at AU2012 are extremely sorry for this child, and its family.