Friday, October 24, 2008


13-foot python strangles Virginia Beach woman

VIRGINIA BEACH - A pet snake may have strangled its owner to death in Virginia Beach earlier this week, police say.

Amanda Ruth Black, 25, was found dead in her home on Maracas Arch around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Her husband called police and said he found her lying in front of the pet snake's large cage, which was empty.

Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said the medical examiner's preliminary report found that the woman died from "asphyxiation caused by neck compression." Investigators are still awaiting the final results of the autopsy.

Animal control officers reported to the house and found the snake in the same room as Black's body. Bernstein said the snake was "extremely agitated" and required two officers to control it. The snake is currently being kept at the Bureau of Animal Control.

Just in case the article got you down in the dumps here is a pic to cheer you up.

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