12-Foot Snake Kills 2-Year-Old Girl In Sumter County This is exactly why I don't think certain animals like snakes, lizards, geckos, rats, mice etc. should be pets. What a sad and unnecessary death. Her family and friends must be devastated. Why stab the snake after it killed the child? What good does that do? I guess it was just a reflex reaction of rage and grief. This is exactly why I make a point never to eat anything bigger than my head. :tongue: I get that snakes are low maintenance and great for people with cat or dog allergies. Some people just think they are cool. But special care must be taken when you remove an essentially wild animal from it's natural environment! Also, I thought snakes only ate when they were hungry? Why leave a hungry animal of any type with a small child? :frown1: The article says the snake was in a cage, I hope they meant more of a terrarium, with a weighted lid. That's how my former house mate kept her snakes and they never got out.