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RE: Python Drags Man Into Tree

We saw something similar in photos linked on the Vrtpaleo list last year of
an Australian scrub python with a cat; pythons are very strong, have
prehensile tails and often hunt from a perch, so it's common to pull prey
off the ground in the course of a struggle. Of course the details of a news
story are not necessarily reliable, but I don't see anything implausible in
this one. 

Dr John D. Scanlon, FCD
Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Outback at Isa
"Get this $%#@* python off me!", said Tom laocoonically.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard W. Travsky [mailto:rtravsky@uwyo.edu] 
Sent: 18 April, 2009 8:59 AM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Python Drags Man Into Tree

not dinosaurs but rather interesting


A Kenyan man bit a python which wrapped him in its coils and dragged him 
up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle, police have told the BBC.
The victim told police he managed to reach his mobile phone from his 
pocket to raise the alarm when the python momentarily eased its grip after 
hauling him up a tree on Saturday evening.

Mr Nyaumbe used his shirt to smother the snake's head and prevent it from 
swallowing him.
"I stepped on a spongy thing on the ground and suddenly my leg was 
entangled with the body of a huge python," he said.
He added: "It's very mysterious, this ability to lift the man onto the 
tree. I've never heard of this before."