(England Man Died 8 Feet Python Snake Attack)
A man found dead at his home was killed by his 8-foot pet python he had kept since it was a hatchling.
The family of keen snake handler Dan Brandon, 31, referred to the animal as “his baby”, an inquest heard.
Mr Brandon died of asphyxiation at his home in Church Crookham, Hampshire, on 25 August 2017, Basingstoke Coroners’ Court was told.
His mother told the court her son kept 10 snakes, along with 12 tarantulas at the family home.
He had owned the African rock python, named Tiny, since she was small enough to fit in the palm of his hand.
Coroner Andrew Bradley recorded a verdict of misadventure and said: “The most likely scenario is that Tiny was engaged with Dan – I have no doubt about that.
There were no bite marks on Mr Brandon’s body, and after the snake shed its skin in November 2017, examination showed there were no scratches on the surface to indicate Mr Brandon had attempted to pull the snake off him.
On the evening of Mr Brandon’s death his mother was at home. She told the court she had heard a loud bang upstairs which she thought may have been a dumbbell falling or that her son had knocked something over.
When she went upstairs she found her son face down on the floor of his bedroom and called the emergency services. She could also see that Tiny was not in her vivarium.