Pet Python Crushes Man To Death

A 23-year-old Indiana man was found crushed to death by his 14-foot pet python.

Patrick Von Allmen had told his family that he was going to treat the python for a medical condition in his shed. He was alone with the snake for about three hours before his body was found.

A medical examiner concluded that the death was consistent with asphyxiation caused by compression of the neck and chest. The examiner stated, “When you’re dealing with a wild animal species, you take on a certain amount of risk.”

Von Allmen’s family said he had at least 10 years experience of handling and dealing with reptiles.

The python has been returned to the family.

Source: MSNBC

10 Responses to “Pet Python Crushes Man To Death”

  1. Lynne says:

    Another Darwin Award winner.

  2. catmom5 says:

    DUH! Another good case of why we should not have wild or exotic animals as “pets”! THEY ARE NOT PETS!!!

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    It still amazes and alarms me the people who will not admit or don’t realize that snakes over a certain size should not be pets and are allowed to be around children and other pets (warm blooded mammals). Also the fact that a snake over a certain size should NEVER be handled alone…..One person may have to save another, therefore at least two people should handle a big snake. When will people wake up to these facts??? What an awful way to die and the family must be devastated! This reptile was doing what a big snake does naturally, constrict and kill with the intentions of ingesting it’s prey.

  4. Pukanuba says:

    “The python has been returned to the family.”

    Excuse me?????

  5. Don Earl says:

    Of interest is the source article mentions the family acquired the snake only 5 months ago, and the handler with “10 years experience” handling reptiles was only 23 years old.

    I guess the moral of the story is when mom and dad start shopping for a big snake, it’s time to get a job and find your own place.

  6. Nora and Rufus says:

    DON! You’ve made me laugh out loud. I am falling off my chair laughing. HAHAHAAHAHA! Your moral of the story…….. and apart from that, with all respect, condolences to the family of the deceased of course…

  7. florzoi says:

    if this had been a pit bull who killed him, would the dog have been returned to the family?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry but, we own 13 snakes, we also have dogs. A few of our snakes were rescues that nobody wanted. Or would have died had we not intervened. We happen to love ALL animals not just the furry ones. You know some people want to have a pet and choose a reptile because of the allergy factor. Snakes and other reptiles are not monsters. And before you ask if we feed live, no we feed frozen thawed. They are less aggressive that way. Also the rat or mouse can not kill the snake that way.

    On this topic. Anyone with half a brain would know that if you are feeding or handling a bigger snake, you need 2 people minimum. As with ANY animal, domestic or wild, accidents do happen. I don’t think it’s fair to treat Pit Bulls or Reptiles this way. Trust me, being a snake owner I know what the Pit Bull owners are going through.

    Some states are trying to regulate reptiles without even trying to learn about them. Do you think it’s fair for a snake that was rescued from someone to be frozen to death because no one took the time to read up on them? Because that is what happens to those beautiful animals. It’s a slow and painful death. You can’t turn them loose because most are not native to the US and they would die in the wild.

  9. Don Earl says:

    RE: “Some states are trying to regulate reptiles without even trying to learn about them.”

    Have you ever looked at the “Big Cat Rescue” site? From what I can tell, it’s a very well run, regulated operation.

    About a year ago, I read an article about some goof who got mauled by a tiger he raised from a cub in his New York apartment.

    I’m not a fan of an overly regulated society. I have a very high opinion of personal responsibility and the ability of responsible people to govern their own affairs. As you point out, “Anyone with half a brain would know…”. Unfortunately, not everyone is so equipped. There days where I almost think the breed could be improved by allowing those with less than half a brain to play with any dangerous thing they fancy. The problem is those who are too stupid to keep themselves safe often pose a danger to others.

    At that point, society creates regulations to protect itself from the threat.

    You and your 13 well cared for snakes understandibly resent the regulations. The half wit who finds it amusing to turn a breeding pair loose in a swamp, or wrap themselves with a 14 foot python before going out to the shed to play, places a burden on you that you wouldn’t otherwise have to bear.

    As you obviously feel strongly about the issue, why not buy some cheap bandwidth and publish your knowledge of reptiles to make the information available to others?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I was just trying to make a point. Every time I see a snake story I think oh no and then read posts against snakes. Like when I read a Pit Bull story (one of our dogs is part Pit Bull, sweetest and smartest dog we have ever had). And in both cases I say blame the owner, not the animal. I also blame the big pet stores too.

    My husband and I have gone into pet stores and have helped get shed skin off a snake and taught their employees a little (I hope). We have seen an employee tell some parents that the little Reticulated Python is a great 1st pet, we usually try to catch those people before they purchase it. We go into pet stores alot because we also have lizards and need to buy crickets atleast 3 times a week.

    I have written to several state reps and said that maybe it would be better for all involved to make classes available to those that need them. I am well aware that most will not do their homework over these animals. There are plenty of people with knowledge or in Herp Societies that would gladly volunteer their time.

    There is TONS of information out there on every snake imaginable, there are Herp Societies in almost, if not all, states. I am WAY too busy to start up a website so I direct people to the very best ones out there. We will go to a person’s house to help them, we take phone calls and give out info.

    In a perfect society it would be great if everyone read up on the animal they would like to have. It wasn’t until after we got involved that I found people do not.


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