Excellent post...to add, my friend has a 24 foot Retic, she's at least the width of a telephone pole, at this size they stop looking at you as a threat and more as a food item.
His retic hits a jumbo rabbit like a freight train(the force of this has to be witnessed to be believed) and slurps them up in seconds. A person would stand no chance. I don't think 5 people could pull this snake off if it had someone coiled. It is a dangerous, dangerous animal.
A retic of this size is no different than keeping a black mamba, or an adult nile croc. These are people killers, and only the most experienced, with the room and ability to keep and handle such animals should even consider owning them.
I used to hate the by-law, but now I understand why it's in place.
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