In Miami-Dade County, Florida, a snake was found in a family’s backyard on Wednesday. When Lt. Scott Mullin, with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One team was summoned to remove the serpent, he arrived at the house and expected to find a full-grown snake that could potentially be dangerous. Instead he made a disturbing discovery of a baby ball python with its mouth sewn together.
The snake was no more than 14 inches long. According to the Miami Herald, the family had never seen the snake before. Mullin transported the python to a local reptile rescue group who assisted Mullin in removing the stitches from the snake’s mouth. It is not known how long the snake had been left in that condition, but it had developed a fungal infection as its mouth had been closed for an extended period of time. The snake will stay with the group to be rehabilitated.
On Sunday, when Mullin posted the photo of the snake on his Facebook and asked readers if anyone had any idea why someone would be so cruel, answers came back suggesting the act was related to Vodou or Santeria. The dark, evil witchcraft regards snakes as belonging to the devil reflecting back to the Garden of Evil. It is possible a note had been left inside of the snake’s mouth designating the person to be cursed. Meanwhile the snake would have died a slow, torturous death. According to folklore, as the animal suffers an agonizing death, so does the person cursed.
Even though many people do not find snakes to be cuddly pets, this possible satanic ritual is nothing short of egregious animal cruelty. This little guy was lucky.
(Photo of ball python courtesy of Lt. Scott Mullin)
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