A police investigation has been launched after an exotic animal lover was found dead next to his pet python which was loose from its cage.
Police said snake handler Dan Brandon was found dead at his home with one of his pet pythons close to him on August 25.
The 31-year-old, who lived with his parents, succumbed to “serious injuries” at his room in the Hampshire home where he kept all of his snakes.
The death is being treated as non-suspicious but officers are investigating whether he was fatally injured by the snake.
According to experts, pythons only kill what they eat. Pythons have killed humans before, however, this is believed to be the first ever case in the UK.
A spokesman for the Hampshire Police told The Sun: “We were called to an address in Church Crookham.
“A 31-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. A file will be prepared for the coroner.” (Evening Standard)