An investigation has been launched into the death of an experienced snake handler who was found dead close to his escaped pet.
Dan Brandon, 31, is said to have suffered ‘serious injuries’ and experts are now trying to ascertain if the snake was involved in his death.
Dan Brandon was found dead at his home in Hampshire (Picture: Facebook/Dan Brandon)
Mr Brandon lived with his parents in Church Crookham, Hampshire, and his body was found in his bedroom.
Hampshire police said they were not treating the death as suspicious and are preparing a file for the coroner.
One of his friends said they did not think the snake had anything to do with his death, according to The Sun.
John Cottrell who set up the fundraisers said: ‘He was obsessed with snakes, spiders, birds and all wildlife, in his memory we have set up two fundraising pages, one for WWF and one for RSPB.
‘We have struggled when looking for photos for his funeral to find any when he isn’t holding a spider, snake, small bird, toad, slow worm, hedgehog, feeding a fox, stroking cattle, befriending a cat or dog so these charities seemed the perfect choice.
‘In memory of you Dan…. who we will all miss SO much.’
A spokesman for Surrey and Hampshire Reptile Rescue said: ‘There’s never been a case of a python killing someone in Britain before. They only kill what they eat.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘We were called to an address in Church Crookham. A 31-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.
‘The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. A file will be prepared for the coroner.’