A Florida man bit off the head of a pet python during a heated and violent domestic dispute with a woman, according to police.
The Miami-Dade Police Department responded to a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex just after 5:20 a.m. on Monday. When police arrived at the apartment, they reportedly could hear a man and a woman yelling at each other. Then the cops allegedly heard the woman scream after they knocked on the front door.
The woman pleaded with the police, “Just kick the door in!”
Police forcibly entered the home and witnessed Kevin Justin Mayorga, 32, fleeing the room. He reportedly attempted to close a door in another room to trap the victim “against her will.”
Police officers instructed Mayorga to put his hands up, but he reportedly resisted. An officer used a taser on Mayorga, but the weapon had “no effect” on him, according to the police report.
While officers attempted to restrain Mayorga, he allegedly started punching them. He is said to have punched one of the officers in the eye with a handcuff that was only on one of his wrists. The police officer suffered an abrasion on his face. Police were finally able to restrain Mayorga.
The woman in the residence informed police that Mayorga gnawed off the head of a pet python. The woman claimed that Mayorga grabbed the snake and decapitated the animal. Police allegedly confirmed the snake’s decapitation after finding the ball python’s body and its severed head near the front door.
Jail records show that Mayorga was charged with one count each of animal cruelty with the intent to kill, false imprisonment, and resisting an officer with violence. The Cutler Bay man was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and held on $15,000 bond.
According to Animal Diversity Web, ball pythons are also known as royal pythons. Ball pythons get their name for coiling up into a ball when they are frightened or stressed.
The non-venomous constrictor snakes are native to Central and West Africa. Reptiles Magazine said ball pythons can grow up to six feet in length. The magazine added, “Ball pythons make for a quality pet for the first-time keeper and experienced herpetoculturists alike.”
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