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Philippine hunters attacked by giant snakes

By T.K. Randall
December 17, 2011 · Comment icon 12 comments



Image Credit: CC 3.0 Shell Kinney
The Agta Negritos people have had to combat attacks from huge reticulated pythons for years.
The hunter gatherer tribes themselves are criticially endangered due to colonists, mining companies and other industries pushing their ancient way of life to near extinction on Luzon Island. What came as a surprise however was the fact that the hunter gatherers of the tribe are attacked by enormous pythons on a regular basis, with the huge snakes growing up to 28ft in length. 26% of all the men in the tribe reported being attacked by a snake at one time or another and have scars to prove it.
Humans have an ambivalent relationship with snakes. The legless reptiles are often feared and reviled, becoming stand-ins for the Devil and movie monster characters; yet many people have grown to love snakes, raising large, even dangerous, specimens as pets.


Source: Mongabay.com | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by NikkiAidyn 12 years ago
Those are some big ones.
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
Who wants to go catch one for us?
Comment icon #5 Posted by GlenndL 12 years ago
atleast the snakes aint on a plane this time around =P
Comment icon #6 Posted by trick_or_truth 12 years ago
Enough is enough! I have had it with these mother******* snakes in this mother******* jungle! atleast the snakes aint on a plane this time around =P Touchť
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 12 years ago
The two pictures in the article do show tremendously big snakes. The first appears to be well over 20 feet long. * Copyrighted image *
Comment icon #8 Posted by terrible 12 years ago
Lets send congress and the senate there and make tham stay until they work out a compromise. No guns or security allowed, If we loose a few, we mght be better off.
Comment icon #9 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 12 years ago
Adapt or die? It's probably not that dire, but maybe give the tribe a few M4s or Aks to even the odds in their favour against their serpent enemy?
Comment icon #10 Posted by dreyfoss 12 years ago
what is not mentioned is how the men of this tribe actually defend themselves against these creatures. Do they use knives? guns? whatever it use they have to defend themselves with they must be expert in their use as once a python attacks it immediately coils around its victim. Oh yes and we need a moderator in this section to filter out the retards.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove 12 years ago
Some people hate snakes. I love them, they're delicious. I've tried snake. If you get over the fact that you are eating a snake, it's pretty good.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly 12 years ago
I think a review of the rules is in order (SewerRat especially): 3f. Abusive behaviour: Do not be rude, insulting, offensive, snide, obnoxious or abusive towards other members. Please discuss the subject matter, not one another.


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