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Over 3-meter-long pet python on loose after escaping in Yokohama

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Local police warned if you see the python, practice social distancing safety measures

18 ( +19 / -1 )

Is that a python? or you just happy to see me?

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Oh, that's just my pet snake, Reggie!

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Those are extremely dangerous. A python killed 2 sleeping children in Canada a few years ago. Why do people feel a need to keep these as pets?!? Get a cat or a dog, for crying out loud.

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We all remember what happened in Florida few years back, and now they can't even kill enough of them.

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3.5m and 13kg seems quite big! Some dickhead was keeping it in a cage as a pet is simply beyond belief! Snakes don’t belong in cages as they are not pets! They need their freedom. This escaped python is capable of killing someone!

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Wouldn’t be letting my cat out. You have to get permission to have a 3.5m python, living in a 2nd floor apartment, do the neighbours get a say? I’d say “Hell No” but he got I assume permission. I’ve always wanted a Hyena I’ll get the paper work tomorrow, they are good for a laugh.

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Owners in Japan must obtain permission from their local government to keep the animal.

Does the permit involves some kind of inspection of the place the animal is kept or is it just filling up a form and paying a fee?

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Not quite as impressive as the woman who kept a croc in her apartment, but at least that piece of fauna didn’t GoTo Travel.

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Get a cat or a dog, for crying out loud

JL, you do realise that dogs as pets create many many many more problems that snakes, bites & deaths caused by dogs is vastly more than all herps combined.

That said I love herps, dogs(my best friend Trigger passed in feb this year 19yrs old), & cats(have 3). As for herps I have many in my yard(2 of which are poisonous, mamushi & yamakagashi) & the few the cats bring in that I catch release back.

Pet owners need to be responsible, the retic owner appears to have made a couple mistakes which they need to be held responsible for

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I’ve always wanted a Hyena I’ll get the paper work tomorrow, they are good for a laugh.

Cricky, that made me chuckle. Thanks for the laugh :)

5 ( +5 / -0 )

It should be illegal to keep these things as pets in Japan, end of story. This guy should be billed for every Yen of expense the police incurr in dealing with his stupid hobby.

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JL, you do realise that dogs as pets create many many many more problems that snakes, bites & deaths caused by dogs is vastly more than all herps combined.

That is because there are WAY more dogs kept as pets than there are snakes. God help us if there were 20 million python owners in this country like there are dog owners.

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So dangerous, can kill a cat, dog or a baby !!..

Irresponsible crazy people and their exotic "pets"..

EXTERMINATE ALL SNAKES !!..

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Yes that's true, "Irresponsible crazy people and their exotic "pets".

The authority given permission are more irresponsible & crazy.

Govt. must stop such nuisance.

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I wonder what would happen if it made its way onto the railway system?

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Japan is so exciting and dangerous that this was one of the top world stories on Aljazeera.

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Generator speaking, pythons are peaceful and quite easy to keep, as long as they're well fed. I did have the chance to handle a few in the past, it very rare that they create issues. But yeah, you can't just let them escape and get hungry, especially when they're at "child eating" sizes (over 3 meters).

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Witnesses say it appeared to a big brown one-eyed snake.

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It was raised in captivity, so I doubt that it will be able to survive long in the wild. It doesn't know how to survive.

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 Owners in Japan must obtain permission from their local government to keep the animal.

So, once again the government's fault...........Who else would allow a nut like this to keep something like that in a tiny apartment?

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It is probably curled up under someone’s house in the area as the weather is still cool.

Pythons are actually rather shy and not aggressive unless they are hungry. I would expect the local rat and stray cat population to go down though.

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@Tokyo Yokohama

I wonder what would happen if it made its way onto the railway system?

Haha Snakes on a Train!

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It is back to its real home in the wild, not in a small 1R 9m2 room.

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This Owner perhaps lied about the size of it or had it for too long till it got to be this size, which ever he should have alerted the authorities about the change in size and apatite, LOL

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Who keeps a 3.5 m python as a pet??

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People buy cute baby snakes, gators and pot bellied pigs. Guess what entirely unexpected thing happens next.

It's cruel keeping a creature like this as a 'pet', imprisoned in a confined space. How would you like it?

It will look for somewhere warm and wet with available prey. It will be unused to hunting and there may not be much to eat, so it is likely to starve. It may die of cold this early in the year and it won't survive winter out of doors.

If you are finding it difficult to cope with an unwise pet choice, use the net to find professional support. Don't by tempted to let it 'escape'. It is usually a death sentence for a long-term captive animal in the wrong environment.

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Laws restricting dangerous animals as pets...another one for Japan's "to do" list.

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