It’s like something out of the movie “Lake Placid vs. Anaconda” or “Snakes on a Plane,” except sadly, a bit more realistic. A family in Australia faced a nightmare-sized snake trying to devour their 10-week-old puppy.
A Python Versus a Puppy
Kelly Morris, who lives with her partner on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, found their dog lying in a “crime scene.” Wally, the dog, was in a pool of blood when Morris found it.
A seven-foot-long carpet python had bitten Wally right on the face. It was then trying to constrict the puppy right as the owners came to help.
“We heard a horrible sound and we thought he might have fallen or got stuck so we ran downstairs, and it was like something from a horror movie,” Morris said to ABC.
The family went on to describe the situation more.
“There was fluid everywhere, he’d weed and pooed himself and there was blood everywhere. This snake was wrapped around Wally’s stomach and neck and was latched onto Wally’s face.”
The two uncoiled the snake and got the puppy’s head out of its grasps. Although the puppy was doing okay, the couple reported that his eyes were rolling back.
Morris was bitten while trying to untangle the snake. The dog was rushed to the vet where it was treated for the bite as well as a bruised lung. Everyone is doing okay now.
While Australia is known for having all the beasts in optimal size, from snakes to spiders to sharks, this incident was still jaw-dropping.
“It happens all the time with chickens, guinea pigs, birds, that sort of thing, but dogs and cats it’s pretty rare … We get maybe one, two or three for the year with a dog or a cat, but generally they’re too big in size,” according to Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers.
What to do if Your Dog is Bitten by a Snake
According to Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies, about 80% of pets will survive a snake bite as long as it’s treated quickly.
Sometimes, however, the dog or pet could be out exploring on its own. This means you may not see it get bitten first-hand.
It’s important then to know some of the signs of a snake bite. For example, sudden weakness, trembling, diarrhea, weakness on hind legs, excessive salivation, bloody urine, dilated pupils, and paralysis could all be signs of a snake bite.
Obviously, the most prominent evidence is a bite wound. Most likely the animal would be heard yelping. The next step would be searching for the cause of the unrest.
Most vets will want pet owners to identify the snake, but never to catch or kill it.