Man arrested for biting python

2011-09-03 08:26

Sacramento - A California man is in custody after being accused of biting a python in what police said was apparently an unprovoked attack on the pet snake of an acquaintance.

The suspect, David Senk, 54, was arrested on Thursday evening on suspicion of unlawfully maiming or mutilating a reptile, Sacramento police Sergeant Andrew Pettit said on Friday. The badly injured snake underwent surgery.

In a jailhouse interview aired on KOVR-TV in Sacramento, Senk said he had no recollection of the incident after having blacked out from drinking but felt "horrible as hell about it".

Asked why he might have bitten the snake, Senk replied: "I get drunk, I get crazy. I don't know. I've been an alcoholic for a long time."

Senk was taken into custody after police, responding to a report of an assault, found him lying on the ground with blood on his face.

Officers were then approached by another man and a woman who told them Senk had just taken two large bites out of their python when they let him hold the snake, Pettit said.

"There was nothing to indicate that the snake provoked him at all. He [Senk] just out of the blue took a bite," the police spokesperson said. "From what I understand, he didn't say anything. He was pretty incoherent."

The beige- and brown-coloured snake, measuring about 1m, was reported to be recovering after a veterinarian stitched up the reptile, Pettit said.

Senk said in the interview he was "not too fond of snakes [but] I try not to bite them".

"It's the other way around usually," he added. "They bite me."

  • powerslave - 2011-09-03 08:50

    Wot a low life trailer trash

      OZNOB - 2011-09-03 09:08

      that is an understatement - i say send him for detox and then at least 6 months community service at the spca . any way it all sounds like alot of snake oil if you ask me

      420 - 2011-09-03 11:06

      @Agent. White, Black, Latino, whatever... Trailer Trash is Trailer Trash...


    Knowing some on this site...This would be viewed in the same light as rape or murder !

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-03 09:07

    Is "unlawfully maiming or mutilating a reptile" in any way differnet from "unlawfully maiming or mutilating a mammal"?

  • mluleki.simelane - 2011-09-03 09:07

    Don't drink before u handle reptiles

  • grant9 - 2011-09-03 09:42

    There are too many sick people in this world.

  • Ho - 2011-09-03 09:43

    Sssso, what exactly did he sssssay?

  • czovczov - 2011-09-03 10:40

    When he gets out of jail, I would like to invite him over to my place and let him handle my pet black mamba.

  • ndasfomgil - 2011-12-22 11:28

    A Media house owner once told his employee who is a reporter that "If you go up the city and find a man bitten by a dog, that is no news. But if you go up the city and find a dog bitten by a man then that is news".

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