Small pets can be a mouthful

Got a small pet? You need to keep an eye out for hungry wildlife that will consider it a meal.

Python eats dog tied to kennel – Yahoo!7.

A NSW woman has endured a nasty shock after finding her pet dog, that had been chained in its kennel, swallowed by a python.

The Lismore woman approached the kennel of her Chihuahua-Maltese cross, only to find a 2.5 metre carpet python in its place, with the bulge of the dog’s body still visible, reports Fairfax.

She had chained the dog so that it would not roam or bother other animals. That may have made it a sitting duck. What a horrible situation. But let it be a lesson to everyone, everywhere. Snakes and other wildlife will see domestic animals as food. Be conscious of that.

Carpet pythons (Morelia spilota) are native to Australia. The officials report this is only the second sort of attack like this they have seen. The snake was captured and is said to require medical attention to remove the chain and will be released.

Snake on a chain. Unexpected, this is.

Snake on a chain. Unexpected, this is.

Tip: Neil Raine

  3 comments for “Small pets can be a mouthful

  1. Karin
    March 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I am so glad they didn’t decide to kill the snake for daring to swallow someone’s dog. Retributive justice is foolish, the more when exacted on non-human animals I should think.

  2. busterggi
    March 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Pretty sure this was a Far Side cartoon a couple of decades ago.

    • Richard
      March 18, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      In Gary Larsen’s book of “rejected cartoons,” one is a snake with a huge bulge trying to escape from a (human) baby’s playpen ….

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