Last year in in New Brunswick, Canada, a 14-foot African rock python constricted two brothers, killing them. The snake had escaped from its cage in an upstairs apartment, reported the Guardian, and entered the room with the boys through the ceiling. The children had been playing with goats on a farm earlier that day. The snake may have confused them for goats, or simply panicked after falling through the ceiling and latched onto anything nearby. In another tragic case, an African rock python killed and ate a 10-year-old boy near Durban, South Africa.
Pythons may not be the only big snakes to prey on humans. Paul Rosolie, a herpetologist and naturalist, relates this week in a Discovery News Q&A that he has heard accounts of anacondas eating humans. To draw attention to the need for conservation in the Amazon rainforest and protection of its endangered species, Rosolie, wearing a special suit, let himself be swallowed and regurgitated by an anaconda. The footage can be seen Sunday at 9 PM ET/8C.