British 'Snake Enthusiast' Strangled To Death By His 8-Foot Python

Maybe he never read the story of the Garden of Eden.

A 31-year-old British man who was (notice past tense) a snake enthusiast was strangled to death by his 8-foot python, which he had owned since it could fit in the palm of his hand. The python, ironically named “Tiny,” wrapped itself around Dan Brandon, who hailed from Church Crookham, Hampshire, and crushed him until he asphyxiated. Brandon was found dead on August 25, 2017, with “Tiny” hiding nearby under a cabinet, according to The Independent.

Brandon’s mother, who was home with him when he died, told the court that her son owned 10 snakes and 23 tarantulas. She said, “He was more wary of Tiny than the other snakes. He said she’s very strong. He had stopped putting her round his neck because she was so strong and unpredictable.” She said she heard the sound of a body falling, prompting her to discover the body.

The pathologist examining the case reported Brandon had a hemorrhage behind one eye, burst blood vessels, and congested lungs. Coroner Andrew Bradley stated, “The most likely scenario is that Tiny was engaged with Dan – I have no doubt about that. She was coiling around him, at which point I have no idea. There was a point at which either she takes hold of him unexpectedly or trips him up or some other mechanism.”

Brandon’s mother added, “I cry every day and night and relive that evening all the time.”

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