Swimming pools can be extremely dangerous for children. In fact, about 10 people die each day in a swimming pool in the United States. However, the danger lurking in this swimming pool might not be what you expect.
On a sunny afternoon, California dad Corey Wallace thought it was the perfect day for him and his family to take a swim, including their 8-year-old pet snake named Sumatra. However, when dad posted a video of his two young daughters swimming side by side with Sumatra, people were shocked by how irresponsible he was being.
In the video, Wallace’s little girl casually swims beside the giant albino Burmese Python, and even pets Sumatra’s head and body as she dips below the surface and explores the pool.
While Burmese Pythons are not venomous, they are extremely strong snakes and can constrict their prey until the die. According to the United States Geological Survey, there have never been any human deaths from wild Burmese Pythons in Florida. “All known constrictor-snake fatalities in the United States are from captive snakes; these are split between deaths of snake owners who were purposefully interacting with their pet and deaths of small children or infants in homes where a snake was kept captive as a pet.”
Despite the potential danger, Wallace insists Sumatra is a gentle snake who would never harm anyone. “She has been to over 500 birthday parties and many schools, she has been around kids since she was a baby, she has never killed anything she even likes our dogs and cat,” he explained.
Watch the entire video below to see this little girl swimming with a giant Burmese Python.
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