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PostPosted: 05-04-2012 21:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

You see, this is exactly the sort of thing I was concerned about.
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PostPosted: 05-04-2012 22:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to have a pet Titanboa lol
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PostPosted: 05-04-2012 22:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

disgruntledgoth wrote:
I would love to have a pet Titanboa lol


...for all of five minutes before it ate you...
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PostPosted: 05-04-2012 22:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
disgruntledgoth wrote:
I would love to have a pet Titanboa lol


...for all of five minutes before it ate you...


It would develop a crush on her.

Fangs For the Memory on her gravestone.
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PostPosted: 06-04-2012 12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
disgruntledgoth wrote:
I would love to have a pet Titanboa lol


...for all of five minutes before it ate you...


our shoulders make it pretty difficult for a snake of any size to eat you, even if a snake was 30 feet, it would be physically able to hold a human, if it started eating you head first (as the usually do, apart from the occasional daft one I've seen who starts in the middle, or with a prey item in reverse) it would get to your shoulders, and not be able to open it's mouth wider, once it's mouth is already open, so, unless you're unlucky and it starts feet first, and assuming you manage to survive the constriction (trick is to relax as much as possible) then you might just get spat out
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PostPosted: 06-04-2012 12:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't big snakes sometimes wrap round their prey to break up those nasty indigestible bones? Problem solved!
I think a 50 ft Titanoboa would certainly be able to swallow a human.
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PostPosted: 06-04-2012 20:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hang on a minute don't snakes suffocate their prey by shrinking down to the size of their chests when they breathe out and hold it there, rather than actually crushing them. Hence the name constrictor rather than crusher.
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PostPosted: 07-04-2012 10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently it is a bit of both. Squeezing someone/something tight enough so that is not able to breathe in again is going to exert some considerable pressure on the chest cavity so I would not be surprised if a couple of ribs were cracked at least. Dislocating a shoulder would probably be possible as well depending on where the coils are to make that bit go down easier as well.
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PostPosted: 07-04-2012 15:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big constricors, who have trouble working their jaws over human shoulders, have been known to crish human scapulas together in 'concertina' effect in order to swallow them.
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PostPosted: 07-04-2012 21:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping you'd pop along and settle this. I didn't even know that anyone had been eaten by a Boa Constrictor. Any chance you can point me to the source of this.
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PostPosted: 08-04-2012 15:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember that a FT issue had related something about a boy being eaten by a large python, in a southern african country. Now, don't ask me which one...
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PostPosted: 08-04-2012 17:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Analis wrote:
I remember that a FT issue had related something about a boy being eaten by a large python, in a southern african country. Now, don't ask me which one...


That's right, wasn't there a horrible photo of the python with a boy-shaped lump halfway along its body?
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PostPosted: 29-01-2014 23:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Fredrick Buchman Arrested After Police Find Up To 400 Pythons In His Home
The Huffington Post | Posted: 01/29/2014 1:16 pm EST | Updated: 01/29/2014 1:59 pm EST
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/william-fredrick-buchman-400-pythons_n_4688703.html

A California elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police discovered an estimated 300 to 400 pythons --both alive and dead -- in his Santa Ana home.

"Some [were] in boxes, some in crates and some crawling around," Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, according to ABC Los Angeles.

The station tweeted the following photo from inside the house, provided by Santa Ana police:


William Fredrick Buchman faces animal cruelty charges. Police found the snakes while serving a search warrant at his home. Police described the stench in the home as "God-awful," according to NBC Los Angeles.

Investigators were responding to complaints from neighbors about the foul odor coming from the home.

The house was also said to be infested with mice and rats.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 00:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought snakes ate rats and mice.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 01:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isis177 wrote:
I always thought snakes ate rats and mice.


Yeah, I was puzzled by that as well.
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