Skip to comments.Nebraskan man strangled to death by boa in state's first record of fatality from pet snake
Posted on 06/13/2010 10:58:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono
Mother Nature has a wrath like no other.
A Nebraska man was strangled to death by his pet boa constrictor while showing the snake to a friend, police reported on Thursday.
Cory Byrne was pronounced dead Wednesday after police and paramedics loosened the 9-foot, 25-pound snake's deadly squeeze, said police.
The Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, which currently has custody of the red-tailed constrictor, has not been able to determine what prompted the attack.
The boa seemed to be well-fed, according to the Humane Society's spokesman, Mark Langan.
"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," Langan said. "Once a snake clamps down like that, they're extremely strong. It would have been very difficult for one person to remove that snake."
Langan added that, as far as he knows, this is the first fatality from a pet snake in Nebraska.
While the Humane Society of the United States claims that at least 13 people have been killed by pet pythons in the U.S. since 1980, this may be the first time anyone has been slain by a pet boa constrictor, said Beth Preiss, the society's captive wildlife regulation expert.
The ownerless-boa will stay in the Nebraska Humane Society's care until it can be placed in a zoo or sanctuary.
Wow at least that kid is not trying to sail around the world so he is nice and safe
Couldn’t the “friend” grab a knife ?
Publicity hound — just gotta be first.
So Chet 99 didn’t post this? Because it’s not about a Pit Bull, right?
He’s so fixated on Pit Bulls that he’ll probably be injured by some animal he thinks can’t hurt him. . . an armadillo or an opossum or a raccoon, perhaps.
Snakes can have a “bad day” too! One of these get into my house, it’s dead. I sure as heck wouldn’t bring one in.
Sister Of Man Killed By Snake Speaks Out
Papillion, NE - The nine-foot, 25-pound boa constrictor that squeezed the life out of 35-year-old Cory Byrne also changed the lives of his family. Cory’s sister Kayla spoke to him in the hospital just before he died. “Still feels like a bad dream,” said Kayla Byrne. She promised that she would watch his children and then told Cory, she loved him.
Kayla tells Action 3 News Cory was just with her at their parent’s house on Sunday. He showed them where his snake bit him on the arm. The family told Cory they didn’t want that snake around him anymore. “Just told him to get rid of the darn thing,” said Kayla Byrne.
Friends and co-workers of Cory are also feeling the pain of loss. Debby Clark not only lived next door to him, but also worked with Cory at a local McDonalds and says they were friends. The news of his death hit her hard. “I couldn’t even sleep. Just trying to get the picture out of my head of what actually happened,” said Clark.
Kayla described what happened to her brother when the snake wrapped itself around his neck. She tells Action 3 News, Wednesday night he was showing the snake to a friend in his downtown apartment when it hissed. He quickly tried to take it off his shoulders to put it back in the cage and that’s when it got scared and naturally reacted by wrapping itself around Cory’s neck.
Never underestimate the damage a raccoon can cause.I’ve seen ‘em stand off a 100 pound dog.
Yeah, where is Chettlie? We need more posts about snakes.
Two of my current favorites are the Mamushi and Yamakagashi. We have very
few venomous snakes here, but its great to find them. I was fortunate enough to find a 2 meter common rat snake at Inokashira park last summer.
You play with fire, you get burned. Some people just learn it the hard way.
Must have been a stupid dog. My dogs wouldn’t ever go near one. They’ll go after ground hogs which are as big but are prey animals.
And on the subject of the snake, all his friend had to do was kill the snake - maybe by cutting off the head for crying out loud.
You know, I've been wondering to get my mother-in-law for her next birthday...
For the life of me I could never see why people would want to keep predatory reptiles as pets.
A fruit eating iguana maybe, but a python or a monitor lizard??
That snake was pissed off for having to live in cold-ass Nebraska
“Byrne, 34, was critically injured while showing his pet snake to a female friend in his apartment at 635 S. Washington St. The snake, estimated by authorities to be 9 feet long, wrapped around Byrnes neck and began strangling him.
Byrnes roommate, Bryan Leibert, said he got a call from the woman at the apartment. When he and his girlfriend, Allie Arrigo, got there they found Byrne on the living room floor, the boa constrictor wrapped around his neck. They said police and paramedics arrived a short time later.
He wasnt breathing, and his face was purple, Arrigo said. I was just in shock.....
Playing with your snake can be hazardous to your health.
BTW: Pit Bulls or their hybrids suck.
Strangling 101A for boas:
1. Humans cannot be trusted: Imagine every human you cuddle is planning to drop you on your head. You must squeeze as tightly as possible to prevent this from happening.
2. The firm hug: Pretend you are just hugging or cuddling your human. Then apply maximum pressure. You will appear adorable while practicing your skills.
3. Use both ends: When a human tries to unwrap you on one end, wrap yourself back around them with the other end.
4. The drape and switch: If they drape you over their shoulder, its easy to simply raise your head and wind around their neck. Apply enough pressure till they turn blue.
5. The anchor: Once you are wrapped firmly around their neck, anchor your tail to an immovable household object. (This is a technique used by seasoned boas everywhere).
6. The double wrap: This is an advanced technique. If you are wrapped twice around their neck, it is much harder to unwrap you. You can apply a maximal squeeze with minimal effort.
7. Using visual imagery to guide the squeeze: Pretend the human neck is a big, juicy rat. The pulse you feel is the rat struggling for its life.
8. The disadvantaged human: While your tail end is wrapped around their neck, your front end should climb across their face blocking their vision so they cannot see what you are doing.
9. The full-body squeeze: Try to immobilize their arms with part of your body while strangling so they cannot reach up to unwrap you.
10. Use your teeth: Once you are in the process of strangling, they may try to unwrap you. A gentle chomp on the finger or hand will hamper their efforts.
11. Plan ahead: Make sure you locate all the sources of rats and small furry animals in the house, for after you have strangled the humans, you will have to fend for yourself.
12. The reach: Once you have a firm grip around their neck, reach for something with your head. The farther away you reach, the more successful the strangulation will be.
13. The slow squeeze: For this one, you start out loosely draped. Then very slowly apply increasing amounts of pressure in small increments. The human will hardly notice it until it is too late.
14. Dealing with obnoxious humans: If anyone says Wakey Wakey Little Snakey to you, you should try to strangle them immediately.
A 35 year-old, (?)divorced father, with a girlfriend, keeps a dangerous pet that ultimately kills him.
Good estate planning.
For starters, I would suggest cuddling the snake (if you must cuddle your pet snake...) against your chest, like so:
Draping it over your shoulders so that it could easily wrap itself around your neck might not be a good idea...
“And that’s when his friend quickly escorted him to the bathroom, grabbed the snake’s head and plunged it into the toilet water and held it there until the snake let go.”.. Oh wait.. That didn’t happen.
You said what I was thinking. I’m very petite but a boa is a constrictor so there should have been time but maybe they were outside somewhere and not near a weapon or knife. What the heck do I know?
All I can say is I would have tried like mad to help my friend.
That really creeped me out; obviously some of the efforts I would imagine a person could use to remove the snake would be counteracted by such actions on the part of the snake.
Why do people all think they are Jungle Larry or Steve Irwin, and look how he died?
I think a nice pair of cowboy boots would be appropriate,
That was friggin’ hilarious!
Alternatives to killing the reptile when it won't let go.
©1996 Melissa Kaplan
I wrote and mailed this letter off to the local law enforcement, fire, animal regulation and humane societies in the aftermath of yet another news story about a case of a snake whose head was cut off because the individuals responding to the emergency call had no clue as to what to do. Needless to say, if the owners had a clue, they likely wouldn't have been bitten in the first place...
August 22, 1996
Dear Emergency Responder,
This morning's news again brought to light an incident where emergency responders inappropriately dealt with a snake bite situation by cutting off the snake's head with a hacksaw.
Snakes have recurved teeth. They cannot be pulled off or pried off. Hitting and punching them will not make them loosen their hold. Trying to wedge your fingers into the corners of their mouth (as one would to a cat or dog to get them to open) will only result in the responder getting pricked with the rearmost teeth. If anything, such actions will result in the snakes clenching their jaws yet more tightly while intensifying their hold on the person.
Cutting their heads off is senseless. Reptiles can be easily encouraged to release their bite by pouring a small amount of alcohol into their mouths. To ensure the safety of the snake, responder, and the person being bitten, the snake's head should be pointed downwards. This will ensure that the liquid does not spill into their open glottis (airway) and so get aspirated into their lung(s). If this were to happen, an immediate effect may be renewed panic or thrashing on the part of the snake; a late effect would be a respiratory infection.
Ideally, alcohol made for drinking (liquor) should be used rather than isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is toxic. Vinegar has worked in some instances and can be tried first if no liquor is handy. It does not take much alcohol to effect the release. Generally speaking, the snake will noticeably pause in all movement for a few moments after the alcohol is poured onto the tissues inside the mouth (pouring it on the head or body does not work). It will then move to disengage its teeth (most snakes have two nested rows of teeth in the upper jaw) by working its jaws, retracting its head from the bite zone once it is free. If you don't have any form of liquid alcohol handy, try ammonia, either liquid or in the little ammonia-soaked pads wrapped packets for use when people feel faint.
To easily unwrap a snake from any person or object, you must start working from the tail end, unwrapping or uncoiling the body, working your way up towards the head. If you start at the head and try to work towards the tail, the snake will easily be able to resist. Even a large, strong python who is not thrilled with all the commotion and multiple hands on it can be unwound when you start from the tail...
I was in a situation where a red-tailed Boa bit someone and it would NOT let go. We filled a bathtub part way, held the person’s arm under water and after nearly a minute or so, it let go.
Strangulation is a different scenario.. Unwrapping, starting at the tail is great advice. Most people would instinctively grab behind the head and start there, which is wrong.
That was quick thinking! Thanks for the info.
P.S. I hate snakes.
I’m reminded of a Las Vegas act?, where the guy on stage had a snake.. It began to strangle him and the audience started to chuckle, thinking his flailing was part of the act. Unfortunately, he died.
That scene is JACKED UP. LOL!
The snake just wanted them to stay in the Big 12.
While I feel that everything in God's creation has a purpose, I prefer to stay a long way away from some things.
Snakes I kind of mentally put into the creepy catagory (along with spiders, etc.) that I want to stay as far away from as possible.
I favor “Grab butcher knife. Remove 12” at a time...”
There are videos on Youtube showing this, such as this video:
Showing a Science teacher feeding his pet Boa Constrictor a live rabbit in front of the students in his (high school or college, I can't tell which) Science class.
While I know that is how things go in the wild, it has always bothered me that people feed their pet snake live mammals...
RThat’s a pretty creative dish in that Foodnetwork picture.
Big snakes wrapped around small children is just wrong...
Strangulation, yes, kill it. A bite, nah.. Don’t kill it.
One could argue that snakes are a Satanic presence, not God’s. Oh yes, and liberals too.
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