THE mother of a snake fan killed by his 8ft python has given it away to a reptile centre.
Daniel Brandon, 31, was asphyxiated in his bedroom in the UK’s first case of its kind.
Mum Barbara, 68, of Fleet, Hants, said he would not have wanted Tiny put down, adding: “He would have rather been blamed for what happened.”
Tragic Dan Brandon, 31, was discovered at his home in Church Crookham, Fleet, in the room in which he kept his snakes, with the pet out of his pen.
Authorities confirmed Dan had died of asphyxiation.
Non-venomous pythons kill by wrapping round their pray and squeezing them to death.
Dan’s inquest was opened in a minute-long hearing before being adjourned.
The coroner’s official told The Sun: “The post mortem has come back and the inquest was opened.
“His cause of death was asphyxia and he was identified by his mum and dad.
Police described gentle Dan as being seriously injured when they found him dead.
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Dan’s social media presence show him with a number of snakes around his neck.
A JustGiving page set up in memory of him is raising money for WWF in his honour.
It reads “Dan unexpectedly passed away at home.
“He was obsessed with snakes, spiders, birds and all wildlife.
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“Dan… We will all miss you so much.”
A spokesman for Hampshire Police told The Sun: “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.”