A man from the Lehigh Valley died four days after police shot the snake that was strangling his neck.Elliot Senseman had been working with reptiles since he was ten years old.
As an adult, he cared for snakes that had been mistreated or neglected by previous owners, according to his family.Elliot Senseman died last week after his pet boa constrictor wrapped itself around his neck. The 27-year-old was freed after police shot the snake, but he died four days later from his injuries.
The man from Lehigh County who had a boa constrictor wrap itself around his neck died as a result of his injuries.Elliot Senseman, 27, of Upper Macungie Township, died on Sunday, four days after his 18-foot pet snake knocked him out in his Fogelsville home.
When police arrived, he was in cardiac arrest.According to NBC10, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office determined that Senseman died of an anoxic brain injury caused by asphyxiation by constriction. Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain lacks oxygen, which can occur during cardiac arrest.
When the heart stops working, other organs suffer as well.One of the cops who arrived at Senseman’s shot the snake. The reptile’s grip loosened, allowing officers to free Senseman. He was taken to the hospital to be treated. According to a family member, Senseman was cleaning the cages of his three snakes when the boa constrictor became aggressive.
His grandmother dialed 911 and then began to handle the snake until police arrived.Senseman was an experienced snake handler who had been working with reptiles since the age of ten.
Senseman began caring for snakes whose owners could no longer care for them about six years ago, rehousing them based on their temperaments and natural environments.”Many times, the snakes were neglected or mistreated and required medical attention,” a family member told the Daily Beast. “He would provide everything.”
According to Rudy Arceo, founder of the Schuylkill County Venom Institute, snakes maintain their grip, balance, and stability by wrapping around whatever is holding them. If a snake is trying to harm you, it will bite before coiling. Humans are far too big to be prey.”But if you put this snake around your neck and walk around hanging out with it or whatever, they’ll wrap around and basically try to maintain balance,” Arceo told the newspaper.
“Unfortunately, if you’re not paying attention, they can get around your neck, and then it can be really difficult to push-pull away from it.”Zoo Check, a wildlife conservation organization, advises against keeping large snakes as pets because they can be dangerous to humans in unnatural environments. The majority of snake attacks in homes are caused by animals mistaking body parts for prey.
Large snakes are also at risk of being killed or abused if their owners lack the knowledge to properly care for them.According to the Humane Society, deaths from constrictor snakes are uncommon. Only 17 people were killed by large constrictors in the United States between 1978 and 2013.
According to Reptile Craze, a website created by reptile owners, if people want to keep snakes as pets, they should choose a small one, such as corn snakes, which only grow to be 4 or 5 feet long. According to the website, novice owners should avoid keeping cobras, boa constrictors, pythons, or trunk snakes as pets.
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