Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRnews.com)—An epidemic of vehicle crime drove a South African doctor keeps two pythons inside of his parked car. The two male African Rock Pythons, named Tiny and Naughty, measure 12-feet and 10-feet in length, respectively and are the pets and vehicle security for Dr. Mbuso Makhathini, a Zulu faith healer who makes house calls.
“I take them around with me but no one has dared break into my car,” Makhathini stated in an Aug. 21, 2008 DailyMail.co.uk website article. “They come up and look but don’t get too close. They can sense if someone is unfriendly and they hiss and start coiling.”
Since pythons are cold-blooded, they like the warmth of the area on the dashboard and under the windshield. Makhathini, the married father of two boys, remarked in the article that “…with me and people they [the pythons] like, they are very friendly. They have a cage at home but we let them travel about and we often wake up with them in our bed in the morning.”
According to MSN Encarta.com, pythons are non-venomous and kill their prey by coiling around it. They can grow up to 33-feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds.
Depending on the species, pythons can live 20 or 30 years in captivity and in some rare cases exceed 40 years. The snakes have shorter life spans in the wild. Tiny and Naughty are four-and-a-half and three years old, respectively, which means they have a long career of automobile security ahead of them.