A dad who took to social media posting his 6-year-old daughter out with her 12-foot pet python is shaking things up on the Internet.
Ed Taoka shared a video of his little girl curled up on the sofa with a very large yellow snake and says the reptile is far more interested in rats than it is in his daughter.
Taoka said in his post, “Interaction with any animal and child must always be supervised.”
It’s clear from his YouTube channel that he is well-acquainted with caring for reptiles.
It’s worth noting that the little girl, who is seen helping to care for the family’s reptiles on YouTube, doesn’t seem at all uncomfortable about cuddling with a snake that would send the reptile-phobic among us running for the hills.
Even though at one point in the video, the python opens its mouth, which would be enough to scare me into a coma.
Taoka goes on to say in his post, “These are tame. They have been handled nearly every day – multiple times a day since they were babies. There are more dangerous issues with other animals such as dogs and horses to children than non-venomous snakes.”
That may be because fewer people own snakes than dogs, though.
Consider that just 3 percent of U.S. homes have a turtle, snake, or lizard as a pet.