Thursday, July 16, 2015

Snakes in a Truck

This is truly a sad story.  An 18-year-old boy who worked in a pet store in Temple, TX, died in the parking lot of a Lowe's store on North I-35 in Austin.  It appears that Grant Thompson was bitten repeatedly by a venomous snake, possibly a monocled cobra that is missing from his collection.

I can't imagine keeping any snake as a pet, certainly not something as deadly and vicious as a cobra, but it sounds like this young man had a passion for such things.  I applaud his nerve.  He would no doubt have grown wiser had he had the chance to grow older.   

Here's the link to the Austin Statesman story:

Austin is weird, but it's still Texas.  What are the odds that it ends up decorating somebody's hat?


  1. That is sad. You can't underestimate the speed and ferocity of a cobra (or any venemous snake) or this happens. Even many of the most experienced snake wranglers get bitten sometimes.

    You just can't be too careful and even then, if the snake gets a chance to stike it will take it, most of the time.
    Usually a snake won't bite repeatedly unless it's really agitated, and it doesn't take much to do thatwith some snakes, such as cobras.

  2. Snakes belong in their environment -- which is mostly not in my vicinity.