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Forest ranger nearly strangled by 18-foot-long python while posing for photos

Turns out wrapping a python around your neck is not a great idea.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 18, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:15 pm CDT

Snakes are not your friends. They are basically death tubes with fangs. In some parts of the world, pythons are particularly dangerous. You might have heard about the Indonesia woman who was recently swallowed whole by a giant 23 foot long python while working in her garden, or the farmer who met a similar fate last March.

Pythons are constrictors, who kill their prey by coiling around them and literally squeezing the life out of them, so you can see why it might be a bad idea to drape one around your neck. That, however, is exactly what a park ranger in Jalpaiguri, India did when he caught a large python in the Baikunthapur Forest.

Ranger Sanjoy Dutta was posing with the snake as onlookers snapped pictures when it decided to do the thing it was designed by nature to do. It began tightly wrapping itself around Dutta’s arm and then his neck.

Luckily, there were enough people there to help, and they were able to unwind the snake.

The video is certainly terrifying, but people on Twitter chose to concentrate on what an obviously poor idea it is to put a giant constricting snake around your neck in order to take some pictures.

As easy as it is to make fun of this park ranger, it’s worth noting that people have been posing with snakes draped around them for a long time now. Musician Alice Cooper is well known for wearing a snake on stage during concerts, and wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts made an entire career out of it. Snakes are basically the go-to animal when you’re trying to look scary/cool, but now that we all know what they’re capable of, maybe people should consider posing with really intimidating puppies instead.

I mean just check out the jaws on this guy. If that doesn’t strike fear into your heart, what does?

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2018, 1:00 pm CDT