Meanwhile in Benoni this morning…

Much reptile. So yellow. Very escaped. Wow.

I’m a regular follower of the Benoni Community Police Forum webpage. For me, there’s no better way of keeping up with the latest news on the crime front from Benoni and the surrounding area.

Technically, what follows is not a crime, per se (yet), but it did make their webpage this morning:

  • URGENT look out !!!!  Yellow Burmese python escaped from Titans reptiles at oakfileds shopping centre this snakes big enough to take out a small child please call mark 082 557 7084

Oh, Mark 082 557 7084. What have you done? How can you lose a snake big enough to eat a toddler?

While Burmese Pythons in the wild usually “only” reach an average of 3.7 metres, a superior diet (including, perhaps, small children) means that they can get much bigger in captivity:

The record maximum length for Burmese Pythons is held by a female named “Baby”, that lived at Serpent Safari, Gurnee, Illinois, for 27 years. Shortly after death, her actual length was determined to be 5.74 metres (18 feet 10 inches).

That’s a lot of snake.

Other recent examples of exotic escapees up North infamously include Panjo the tiger, Solly the hippo and the Limpopo lion, which wasn’t deemed worthy of being given a name.

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