Woman attacked by 4m python at home

2015-03-24 16:03

Johannesburg - A Lephalale woman has been left traumatised after being attacked by a four-metre python in her home, according to reports.

Saturday morning started just like any other for Janet Prinsloo, who had just taken a shower, got dressed and was ready to start her day.

Netwerk24 reported that in her room Prinsloo felt a strange feeling around her leg.

It was a terrible constricting feeling, a traumatised Prinsloo said.

The 44-year-old mother said when she looked down she saw a snake wrapping itself around her leg.

She tried to free herself using both her hands, but the snake’s grip tightened.

During her struggle, the snake had bitten her and she was bleeding.

Prinsloo told Netwerk24 after a great deal of struggling she managed to free herself.

After throwing a pillow at it, the snake slithered under her bed.

Her 9-year-old son James Botha and his friend Martin Olivier, who were home at the time, heard her screaming and ran to the room.

James then ran to fetch Prinsloo’s fiancé, Brent Birk, who rushed to the house and tried to stop the bleeding from her leg.

He then rushed her to hospital, where she showed the medics what kind of snake it was through snake ID cards.

Birk then rushed back home saying he was going to kill the python, Prinsloo said.

Due to the traumatising incident Prinsloo has sought counselling.

  • kieran.harrop.3 - 2015-03-24 16:12

    Who are masterminds who edit these articles.

      Shelley Jennings - 2015-03-24 17:54

      and she was blood. Lol! Shame man! Glad she is ok

  • paul.rist.90 - 2015-03-24 16:14

    the language and grammar so poor

  • Peter Avis - 2015-03-24 16:15

    Prinsloo tol Netwerk24. ... eish....

  • Adriaan van Rensburg - 2015-03-24 16:15

    Prinsloo tol Netwerk24 after a great deal... tol or lol

  • Deborah Lucke - 2015-03-24 16:16

    Who translated and proofread this news item?!!

      Rob Martin - 2015-03-24 18:44

      Should have mentioned they live on a farm -- expect snakes of sorts.

  • Tshepo Joseph Maruma - 2015-03-24 16:17

    please can we get some quality news report or at least someone who can spell correctly to write these stories. Some sense of grammar please, its like reading my 3 year old son's letter. PLEASE!!!!!!!!

      Jacky Wrighton - 2015-03-24 20:32

      No, it's probably worse than your son's letters!

  • Ian Nel - 2015-03-24 16:17

    Why kill the poor animal? People are so daft. This snake should have relocated. I've been bitten by a snake before and it's pointless to kill it unless your life is in danger.

      Lynda Tyrer - 2015-03-24 16:29


      Claus Mog - 2015-03-24 16:33

      I agree. She probably stepped on it and the snake felt threatened, else a python wouldn't attack a grown person, especially not bite her leg in the process.

      Nkosana P Pindi - 2015-03-24 16:57

      u guys are sick

      Leonard Tsolo - 2015-03-26 10:48

      A bunch of senseless idiots who value snake's life than human being.

  • Ian Nel - 2015-03-24 16:18

    Why kill the poor animal? I have been bitten by a snake before. People are so daft.

  • Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo - 2015-03-24 16:23

    Never liked snakea horrible creatures they should be killed whenever possible

      sthembize.zulu - 2015-03-24 16:58

      Yebo Ngcobo, inyoka umabonw' abulawe

      Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo - 2015-03-24 18:37

      I'd like to destroy all the nuclear warheads in the world I'd like to destroy North Korea and I also want to see the destruction of certain so called Jihadists groups

      Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo - 2015-03-24 18:38

      Btw I'm not ignorant I just really don't like them, like I said I think they are just horrible creatures.

      Mike Turner - 2015-03-25 11:06

      If you've been bitten then you've been bitten - killing the snake is merely a revenge act, unless of course it's about to bite someone else.

      Mike Turner - 2015-03-25 11:06

      So you're not ignorant: that means you're a moron then.

  • Thapelo Mogale - 2015-03-24 16:27

    Im happy she's stil alive.Im a human and she's a human 2.They did a good job by killing the snake.

  • Tumi Motlatla - 2015-03-24 16:31

    Kill the dangerous snake asap.

      Haydn Gawronsky - 2015-03-24 20:26


  • Suren Gobindram - 2015-03-24 16:32

    Set that python on this grammatically challenged reporter.

  • Wesley Ridgway - 2015-03-24 16:35

    News24 what a joke - I'm crying with laughter

  • Wesley Ridgway - 2015-03-24 16:36

    She wAs blood- bwaaaaaa-

  • Motofogo Mulilo - 2015-03-24 16:36

    Seems like the Queens language was more fractured in this article than the constricted poor woman.

  • Paul Myers - 2015-03-24 16:40

    Stupidity & Ignorance are killing this planet! Dumb f****!!

  • Karen Hickson Mulder - 2015-03-24 16:44

    You guys should really do a spellcheck.....

  • Joe Cole - 2015-03-24 16:56

    Just for info - if this happens to you - the best way to deal with this is to grab a good hold of its tail!! The snake cannot then get a proper grip and will unroll itself and move off in search of other food. Agree, though, that the grammar is very, very poor.

      Lyndah Dube - 2015-03-24 19:02

      Thanks for the advice Joe. What happened to this woman is pretty scary, I would have been freaked out as well. Knowing what to do in this situation could save (most importantly) the human and snake involved. I honestly don't blame the fiance for going back to kill the snake. I'd have sent someone to go and kill it for me. I'm scared wild animals and snakes are my biggest fear. I can't even watch them on tv. Stupid maybe, but the fear is very real.

  • Annette BrandersBraxton - 2015-03-24 16:58

    I know News24 is an ongoing, all-the-time news provider. However, please for goodness' sake, proof read before submitting the article. I am Afrikaans and even I find the spelling mistakes terrible. It happens too often and is not "good for business".

  • Mabel Ma - 2015-03-24 17:06

    "During her struggle, the snake had bitten her and she was blood." Lol

  • Mondre Ashton Bremner - 2015-03-24 17:10

    Really News24? What a poorly written article!I blame the editor.

  • Christopher Tigermoth Oldnall - 2015-03-24 17:11

    First an formost, this story is fishy pythons will only strike an coil for a prey reaction.....humans are way to big for even large SOUTHERN AFRICAN rock pythons, they will only bite in self defense.....secondlywhat they did was a crime rock pythons are an endangered species they broke the law and should be prosecuted

  • Bevan Dell - 2015-03-24 17:36

    Speaking as a herpetology student, this is a poorly written article, demonising snakes as blood-thirsty vicious beasts. Pythons do not simply "attack" people (as the article suggests in the headline). There really was no reason to kill that magnificent animal. I might also add that southern African pythons are a protected species... Please be considerate of our reptiles everybody!

      Lyndah Dube - 2015-03-24 18:54

      I get and respect how you feel, but if I encounter a python in my home, I'm killing it if I can. I'm a human being and I have a child in my home, my first reaction wouldn't be to think of the endangered reptile's life, it would be to think of my child and my safety. Out in the wild I would not go and attack it though, that's its home and I wouldn't think it poses any danger if I stayed away. If its wrapped around my leg and it bites, it poses a danger.

  • Thanuj Thulsie - 2015-03-24 17:37

    News24 fire all your editors.they are a disgrace to the English language

  • Arthur Marima - 2015-03-24 17:50

    Python its a big snake.

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2015-03-24 17:54

    Excellent English... must be the 30% pass mark!

  • Relebohile Faith Selebogo - 2015-03-24 17:59

    Don't you have editors? What a disgrace..I am a language practitioner, hire me instead.

  • Dave Adams - 2015-03-24 18:03

    Are any of News 24's contributors even literate?

  • Nicki Labuschagne - 2015-03-24 18:05

    News24 - do you actually pay for this poor 'journalism'?

      Dave Adams - 2015-03-24 18:11

      A shame in this case. It sounds like it may have been an interesting article had it not been so mangled.

  • Tanya Paine - 2015-03-24 18:09

    Wow what shocking English!!

  • Hein Coetzee - 2015-03-24 18:11

    Dof dof dof!

  • Stan Modric Escobar - 2015-03-24 18:13

    why nt write article in afrikaans s we hve seen that the video was on afrikaans too. ur engrish is hard to follow.

  • Ntshekisang Setlhosi - 2015-03-24 18:17

    Poorly written article,,,''concord rule Mr editor''

  • Rene Ferreira - 2015-03-24 18:18

    Thank you but I'd rather take the Mozambique spitting cobras I have to kill in my house and garden!

  • Sonia Welsh-Bury - 2015-03-24 18:21

    Why did they have to go and kill the Python? Quite unnecessary.

  • Prince Vegeta - 2015-03-24 18:23

    "...snake had bitten her and she was blood." This some bull

  • Glory Lethabo Glory - 2015-03-24 18:26

    N she was blood hahahaha pls expain to us my dear

  • Glory Lethabo Glory - 2015-03-24 18:26


  • Prince Vegeta - 2015-03-24 18:29

    this article was written exactly like a 1st grade story book...LOL. I felt like a kid again while reading it

  • Adair Victoria Cross - 2015-03-24 18:32

    Do the News24 staff not have spell and grammar check on their computers?

  • Lizl Scheepers - 2015-03-24 18:33

    Poor snake. Pity it was killed.

  • Godfrey N. Zihlwele - 2015-03-24 18:37

    I love you all fellow South Africans, both black and white.

  • Peter Webb - 2015-03-24 19:02

    The python is protected by law you can only kill it if your life is in danger.

  • Dandy Ally - 2015-03-24 19:02

    What the hell is wrong with these ill-advised wanna be connservationists ! A human life is always more important and a priority than that of a snake. Even species as rare as mountain lions are put down after they attack humans, simply because they develop an appetite for it. How much more the snakes that we meet everyday ! I'm not saying its ok to kill snakes for fun. But always when its a human being or a snake; it doesn't make u a wise or even a better human being to choose conservation. Snakes in SA are no where near being 'endangered' ! I'm glad the woman survived, the snake got what it deserved ! Isn't that what u usually say about thugs and criminals who terrorize the innocent ?

      Onke Dali - 2015-03-25 08:26

      There are 7 billion humans on the planet, if not more. So in actual fact a snakes life is worth more than that of a human. Also, how is okay for humans to develop an appetite for killing and even eating snakes but not okay for snakes to do the same?

  • George Sejaphala Tumi - 2015-03-24 19:05

    go on and blame the ANC.

  • Akuku Juju - 2015-03-24 19:14

    Wy khil de sneki??? De sneki is not recist.

      Prince Vegeta - 2015-03-24 19:17

      Did you write this article?

      Macha Samuel Mphela - 2015-03-24 19:23

      In true Vegeta style...lmao!

  • Bradley Quirke - 2015-03-24 19:40

    He went to the hospital, left the snake, rushed home and the snake was miraciously still where he left it, so he killed it. First of all. Rock Pythons of such size, do not attack humans unless they are seriously provoked, they usually ignore humans, or are extremely docile. A 4m python cannot eat a human!!! These people deserve to get fined, why? because the african rock python is a protected species, keeping them without a permit is illegal, so killing one should be persecutable. SICKO's

  • Haydn Gawronsky - 2015-03-24 20:27

    Why kill the snake???

  • Jacky Wrighton - 2015-03-24 20:35

    I really hope that idiot did NOT kill the snake!

  • Alicia Motsepe - 2015-03-24 20:39

    Shame I feel so sorry for her. I can imagine the fear she experienced. I fear snakes and would die! I'm happy that she's okay shame.