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Nebraskan man strangled to death by boa in state's first record of fatality from pet snake
nydailynews ^ | June 11th 2010 | Paulina Reso

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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: boa; gottapostdempictures; jpb; kaa; nebraska; snake
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Red-Tail Boa


1 posted on 06/13/2010 10:58:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Wow at least that kid is not trying to sail around the world so he is nice and safe


2 posted on 06/13/2010 11:00:07 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: JoeProBono

Couldn’t the “friend” grab a knife ?


3 posted on 06/13/2010 11:02:39 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: JoeProBono

Publicity hound — just gotta be first.


4 posted on 06/13/2010 11:03:12 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


5 posted on 06/13/2010 11:03:34 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


6 posted on 06/13/2010 11:04:46 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Bush made me do it!" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: JoeProBono
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.

It is a wild animal, which means it is unpredictable.
7 posted on 06/13/2010 11:05:49 AM PDT by microgood
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To: libh8er

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.


8 posted on 06/13/2010 11:07:23 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

Never underestimate the damage a raccoon can cause.I’ve seen ‘em stand off a 100 pound dog.


9 posted on 06/13/2010 11:09:22 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

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.


10 posted on 06/13/2010 11:09:59 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: JoeProBono

You play with fire, you get burned. Some people just learn it the hard way.


11 posted on 06/13/2010 11:11:14 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: JoeProBono

12 posted on 06/13/2010 11:11:49 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Farmer Dean

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.


13 posted on 06/13/2010 11:12:36 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: JoeProBono
The ownerless-boa will stay in the Nebraska Humane Society's care until it can be placed in a zoo or sanctuary.

You know, I've been wondering to get my mother-in-law for her next birthday...

Regards,

14 posted on 06/13/2010 11:12:48 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: JoeProBono

Darwin smiles.


15 posted on 06/13/2010 11:13:10 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompitence..)
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To: JoeProBono

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??


16 posted on 06/13/2010 11:14:28 AM PDT by valkyry1
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To: JoeProBono

That snake was pissed off for having to live in cold-ass Nebraska


17 posted on 06/13/2010 11:14:30 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Mercat

“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 Byrne’s neck and began strangling him.

Byrne’s 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 wasn’t breathing, and his face was purple,” Arrigo said. “I was just in shock.....”

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100611/NEWS01/706119881


18 posted on 06/13/2010 11:15:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Playing with your snake can be hazardous to your health.


19 posted on 06/13/2010 11:16:28 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: valkyry1

20 posted on 06/13/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: HighlyOpinionated; Chet 99
It's proper etiquette to ping the person you're talking about.

BTW: Pit Bulls or their hybrids suck.

21 posted on 06/13/2010 11:17:39 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: JoeProBono
Found this online:

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, it’s 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.

22 posted on 06/13/2010 11:19:55 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: JoeProBono

A 35 year-old, (?)divorced father, with a girlfriend, keeps a dangerous pet that ultimately kills him.

Good estate planning.


23 posted on 06/13/2010 11:24:37 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: JoeProBono
Maybe a "How not to be strangled by your pet Boa Constrictor" article would be a good idea?

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...


24 posted on 06/13/2010 11:26:25 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: JoeProBono

“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.


25 posted on 06/13/2010 11:29:16 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

26 posted on 06/13/2010 11:30:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: libh8er

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.


27 posted on 06/13/2010 11:30:42 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

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?


28 posted on 06/13/2010 11:35:09 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: alexander_busek

If she doesn’t want it I know a maoist who could use it...


29 posted on 06/13/2010 11:36:06 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

LOL.


30 posted on 06/13/2010 11:39:06 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: JoeProBono
"The ownerless-boa will stay in the Nebraska Humane Society's care until it can be placed in a zoo or sanctuary."

I think a nice pair of cowboy boots would be appropriate,

31 posted on 06/13/2010 11:39:58 AM PDT by BILLNHILL MAKE ME ILL (Onward thru the smoke, mirrors, and B.S....)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil; Eaker; Lazamataz; Squantos; hiredhand; papertyger; CodeToad

That was friggin’ hilarious!


32 posted on 06/13/2010 11:44:44 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: JoeProBono; historyrepeatz
From Giant Snake (and Lizard) Bites: Open Letter to Emergency Responders

Giant Snake (and Lizard) Bites: Open Letter to Emergency Responders

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...

33 posted on 06/13/2010 11:46:48 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

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.


34 posted on 06/13/2010 11:52:12 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: historyrepeatz

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.


35 posted on 06/13/2010 11:54:08 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: historyrepeatz

That was quick thinking! Thanks for the info.


36 posted on 06/13/2010 11:54:34 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: historyrepeatz

P.S. I hate snakes.


37 posted on 06/13/2010 11:54:45 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

38 posted on 06/13/2010 11:56:38 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


39 posted on 06/13/2010 11:57:44 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: JoeProBono

That scene is JACKED UP. LOL!


40 posted on 06/13/2010 11:58:40 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: JoeProBono

The snake just wanted them to stay in the Big 12.


41 posted on 06/13/2010 11:59:37 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: historyrepeatz
I feel the same way you do about snakes.

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.

42 posted on 06/13/2010 11:59:37 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

43 posted on 06/13/2010 12:01:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: historyrepeatz; Screaming_Gerbil

I favor “Grab butcher knife. Remove 12” at a time...”


44 posted on 06/13/2010 12:03:58 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: JoeProBono
I was just thinking that people who own these snakes feed them live furry animals and then watch the snake kill it for entertainment.

There are videos on Youtube showing this, such as this video:

live rabbit fed to python

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...

45 posted on 06/13/2010 12:15:41 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

46 posted on 06/13/2010 12:19:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

RThat’s a pretty creative dish in that Foodnetwork picture.

LOL!


47 posted on 06/13/2010 12:19:57 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: JoeProBono

Big snakes wrapped around small children is just wrong...


48 posted on 06/13/2010 12:21:19 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Mr Rogers

Strangulation, yes, kill it. A bite, nah.. Don’t kill it.


49 posted on 06/13/2010 12:32:58 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

One could argue that snakes are a Satanic presence, not God’s. Oh yes, and liberals too.


50 posted on 06/13/2010 12:34:48 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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