As animal lovers, it’s easy to understand why people let their pets sleep with them in bed at night. Dogs and cats are soft and snuggly, so they make great cuddle partners. Even curling up with a ferret or a bunny rabbit isn’t out of the ordinary. But, how about a python?
One woman was sleeping with her pet python every single night — as you might imagine, it turns out that wasn’t the best choice for a bedmate.
Every single evening, the woman would sleep with her pet python sprawled her body. When she’d sleep on her stomach, her beloved python would spread out its body from her head to her toes. It was a bonding moment that she cherished with her snake. Until she noticed something was wrong.
After weeks of sleeping with the woman in her bed, the python suddenly stopped eating. She started to grow concerned and took the snake to the veterinarian to see why it was refusing meal times that it normally used to love.
The 7-foot python was starving itself and when the vet asked about the snake’s daily routine — they were stunned to hear about their sleeping habits.
After hearing that woman and the python sleep together every evening, the vet was completely taken aback. They asked the woman if the snake sprawls out along her body or curls up around her at times. She confirmed that that was the case.
The vet began to explain to the woman that the snake was actually sizing her up. Every time the snake was sprawling itself along her body, it was actually a bit of rehearsal of sorts. It was essentially practicing for its next big meal.
The veterinarian informed the woman that the snake wasn’t eating because it was preparing itself for a giant feast — HER.
It turns out that the snake was patiently waiting until the perfect time for it to snatch up its prey, its next big course, and in this case — its owner. After receiving the shocking news, we’d hope that this woman learned a frightful lesson and won’t be making that mistake again.
Exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, and insects are awesome and unique pets to have. But there’s a lesson in this for everyone as if it wasn’t obvious before — put them back in their cage before calling it a night.