Internet criticizes modern day Saint Patrick who released fiancé’s pet snake

Online commentators were left in disbelief after a man explained why his fiancée released his pet ball python into the wild while on a business trip.

In a viral Reddit post posted on r/AmITheA**, Redditor u/Warm-Art-378 said he’s been an animal lover his whole life, but recently faced the choice between one of his most unique pets, and a fiancée.

Titled “AITA To Kick My Fiancé Out Of The House For Leaving My Snake Out Of The House”, the viral post received over 10,200 votes and 1,700 comments in just 6 hours.

He writes that he loves “snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, lizards, geckos, and dogs.” [and] Cats,” u/Warm-Art-378 said that when he moved out of his parents’ house, he decided to adopt a Ball Python.

Describing the snake as “docile” and noting that it “likes to be held,” u/Warm-Art-378 also said that when he and his fiancée decided to move in together, he was tasked with introducing her to his pet snake.

“I slowly introduced her to the Snake,” he wrote. “I thought the snake was really cool and she even held it a few times.”

However, after a few friends of his fiancée learned about the snake, her attitude towards reptiles changed. After making repeated requests to transport the animal, Redditor said his fiancée took matters into her own hands, like Saint Patrick, who in legend drove snakes out of Ireland.

“I had to travel to another state for work and I trusted her to take care of the snake,” he wrote. “I was gone for a week and when I came back, I saw [snake’s] The tank is completely gone.”

“I went out and checked the wooded area in the back [my home] I found the tank. [It] was open [with] He continued, “There is no sign of a snake. When my fiancé came home, I showed her the tank and asked her to pack a bag and find another place to stay.”

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Snake ball climbing on a branch.
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While dogs, cats, and fish remain at the top of the list of the most common pets across the United States, reptiles are also very popular.

In 2020, the World Atlas website reported that 366,900 households with pets include at least one species of reptile, making the cold-blooded creature the fourth most popular pet in the country.

Although some states and cities ban snake ownership outright, Ball Python Guide notes that ball pythons remain a favorite of reptile owners, due to their small size (globular pythons typically grow between 2 and 5 feet) and docile nature.

However, in cases where the owner of the snake ball decides that he can no longer take care of the snake, or he simply does not want it anymore, it is not recommended to release the animal into the wild.

Snakes For Pets, an online resource for snake owners, reports, “In most cases, the release of a captive snake will end poorly.” “Petite snakes often succumb quickly to disease, cold weather, or predation.”

The Snakes For Pets website reads that “releasing a captive snake into the wild… is a cruel and irresponsible act.”

That sentiment, about the cruelty and dangers of releasing a pet snake into the wild, was echoed in the comments section of the viral Reddit post.

In the post’s highest comment, which received nearly 17,000 votes, Redditor u/MorganZero questioned the release’s legality, targeting the original poster’s fiancée.

They commented, “It is illegal to transfer such animals into the wild.” “is yours [fiancée] Is a wonderful. “

“Agreed, it is very likely that she was killed too [the snake] Being… domesticated,” Redditor u/SpaceAceCase added, with over 7,100 votes.

“It would be like letting a dog run free,” they continued. “The OP must break the engagement.”

Redditor u/rapt2right, whose response garnered more than 1,200 votes, was adamant that the snake’s ball release was cruel, as well as betraying the original poster’s trust.

“I knew when you moved in that you love critters and that you have a snake,” they commented. “You betrayed your trust. It’s pathetic to be jealous of a pet.”

“Disposing of a pet is absolutely gruesome, in many ways,” they added.

NEWSWEEK u/Warm-Art-378 has been reached for comment.