Giant Snake Doesn’t Belong In Columbia S.C.
Columbia, S.C. resident Andrew Philson came across this gigantic snake in his yard on Tuesday. He called animal control who refused to do anything. They said it sounded like an unusually large Black Rat Snake – a beneficial species. A Black Rat Snake is a solid black critter that never exceeds 7 feet in length and they’re very common in S.C. I think the guys at animal control were either too lazy or too afraid to get involved with such a monster.
Mr. Philson took this photo of the snake. He thinks it is some kind of Python, and I agree. I took a good, long look at the photo and thought it important to point out that a good portion of the snake’s length is hidden behind the tree (shown in red). I can’t tell how far his tail hangs down the backside of the tree. It has to be at least 18 feet long and doesn’t belong in the United States.
You’ve probably heard about the population explosion of Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades that are eating all the native animal species to the point of extinction. They don’t belong in the U.S. either. The theory is that they escaped from pet stores when Hurricane Andrew ripped through southern Florida in 1992. This brings up a couple of possibilities as to how this giant appeared in South Carolina. It is either someone’s pet that got loose, or the Florida Pythons are migrating northward. Pythons are non-venemous, but are constrictors who can swallow animals as large as deer whole. Only an idiot would have such a thing for a pet.
This beast could eat your dog, your cat, or even your child. Maybe it can’t swallow an adult human, but it could wrap around you and squeeze the life out of you. This snake and every one like it should be found and killed before it has a chance to multiply. It was found about 70 miles from where I live, so I’m considering buying a shotgun and taking it with me every time I go outside. If I saw something like this in my yard, I’d have nightmares for the rest of my life.