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Deadly exotic "pets" are never a good idea

Published 07/02/09

It is the sort of headline that grabs your attention: "Toddler Dies, Python Found Coiled Around Her." Wednesday, a 12-foot-long Burmese python appears to have killed a 2-year-old Florida girl. The girl's family owned the python, as well as a 6-foot-long boa constrictor. No doubt, this incident will start a conversation about whether it's a good idea to house exotic pets, especially when there are children involved.

Born Free USA knows it's never a good idea. See our list of incidents involving children and adults who have come into contact with reptiles, often with deadly results.

Python Attack Raises Safety Concerns about Housing Exotic Pets
Al Tompkins
Poynter Online
The Poynter Institute
St. Petersburg, FL

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