The thing skeptics need to keep in mind, as with most controversial subjects, is that this is the exception, not the norm. The fact the snake survived this ordeal is highly admirable. There should be fines for pet owners, no matter the pet, for allowing their animals to escape. We, as reptile owners, need to be especially careful because we already know our love for the cold-blooded isn't shared by everyone. I'm proud to say that the only creature to ever escape my house was my dog, and she had a hellava time too!