OXFORD (AP) — An Indiana town is considering restrictions on certain snakes after a woman was strangled by an 8-foot-long python.

“I think it’s almost unanimous in town that people want an ordinance against restrictive snakes,” Oxford Town Council President Randy Jones said Monday during the first meeting since the death last week of Laura Hurst.

The 36-year-old woman was found on the floor of a snake-filled home in Oxford with a python wrapped loosely around her neck. Hurst lived 20 miles away but regularly visited the house where she owned 20 of the approximately 140 snakes. None are venomous.

The snake that strangled Hurst was the only one out of its enclosure, police said.

The home is owned by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson, who is a snake breeder and lives next door. Munson hasn’t commented and didn’t attend the council meeting.

Council member Justin Brummett said more information is needed before Oxford takes any action, the Journal & Courier reported.

“I’m not going to build the gallows and hang someone publicly without informing myself first. ... I’m not going to be the judge, jury and executioner,” Brummett said.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources doesn’t regulate pythons because they aren’t native to the state, according to the newspaper.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.