Python found under a tree in Northfleet likely killed by blow to head

This Is Local London: RSPCA officer Brian Milligan with the dead python. RSPCA officer Brian Milligan with the dead python.

A TEN foot long python found dead under a fallen tree in Northfleet is likely to have been killed by a blow to the head. 

A member of the public called the police after coming across the trapped snake in Wallis Park at around 10am yesterday.

Officers contacted the RSPCA who sent animal collection officer Brian Milligan to the scene.

It is thought the Burmese python, believed to be a young adult but whose sex has not yet been ascertained, had been dead for between 24 and 48 hours before it was discovered.

A major crushing injury to the snake's skull is unlikely to have been caused by the falling tree but more probably by a blunt instrument. 

It is unclear whether it died prior to being placed under the tree so the RSPCA is encouraging anybody with any information to call 0300 123 8018.

Investigations are ongoing to try and firmly establish how the snake died and who owned it. 

The Burmese python is one of the five largest snakes in the world, native to a variety of tropical and subtropical parts of Southern and Southeast Asia.

The snake found in Northfleet is large for one reared in captivity, though in the wild individual animals average 12ft long and may reach up to 19ft or 5.74 metres.

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10:59am Thu 6 Feb 14

Witchkid says...

This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly!
This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly! Witchkid
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11:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

Citygirl83 says...

Poor snake :(
Poor snake :( Citygirl83
  • Score: 10

11:58am Thu 6 Feb 14

the wall says...

Witchkid wrote:
This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly!
Agree 100% Also not just snakes but all animals. Fickle humans.
[quote][p][bold]Witchkid[/bold] wrote: This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly![/p][/quote]Agree 100% Also not just snakes but all animals. Fickle humans. the wall
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1:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

molsey says...

Witchkid wrote:
This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly!
Yes, I find my SE London Trouser Snake can grow to epic proportions at times before it finds sanctuary.
[quote][p][bold]Witchkid[/bold] wrote: This makes me sick! If this snake was killed by its owner because it grew too large, then maybe the idiot should have researched Burmese pythons before getting it! They're very cute when babies, but females can grow to 25ft and are very heavy. Many years ago I took on a rescue python which grew to 18ft and weighed 9 stone, and although she was not aggressive (they can be!) I eventually had to rehome her to a sanctuary because I no longer had space for such a big snake. Snakes are not toys, to be disposed of when you get tired of them, they are intelligent creatures and deserved to be cared for properly![/p][/quote]Yes, I find my SE London Trouser Snake can grow to epic proportions at times before it finds sanctuary. molsey
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11:32am Fri 14 Feb 14

darkvibe2 says...

this is sick hope the catch whoever done it, P.S the snake in the picture is a reticulated python not a burmese
this is sick hope the catch whoever done it, P.S the snake in the picture is a reticulated python not a burmese darkvibe2
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