The two brothers strangled by a python in Canada have been named locally as 5-year-old Noah Barthe and 7-year-old Connor Barthe. The boys were killed after the python escaped from an exotic pet shop. The snake has since been put down.
A post mortem has confirmed that two boys in Eastern Canada who were apparently attacked in their sleep by a four-metre python died of asphyxiation, police said.
Noah and Connor Barthe, aged 4 and 6, were found dead early on Monday after the snake, a 45kg African rock python, escaped from its glassed-in enclosure, slithered through a ventilation shaft and fell into the room where they were sleeping.
A examination was performed on the snake, which was put down after the attack, and police said it appeared to be in good health.
It is understood a python that strangled two children - aged five and seven - in Canada had escaped through a ventilation system.
Global News reports the pet shop in Campbellton, named Reptile Ocean, had been closed but the owner had converted the building into his apartment and animals remained inside.
The owner told Global News the boys were the children of a friend and had been sleeping over when the snake is believed to have found its way into the building's ventilation system before falling through the ceiling and into the room where the boys were sleeping.
Jean-Claude Savoie told Global news: "My body is in shock, I don't know what to think."
The snake has since been found and is in the possession of the police.