September 24th, 2013

Size of a snake

I'm trying to figure out how big a 18 foot python would be, just in the thickness of it's body, and then how large a space it would take coiled up, for a story idea about exotic animal smuggling.

I've tried googling python, size of python, measurements of python, and I've tried the same keywords with boa constrictor, since breed isn't as important as Ginormous Snake.

(I feel like there's a way to figure this out, but I have a learning disability related problem with math)


Missing person returning after being missing due to supernatural adversity

So I got bitten by a plot bunny for a story with slight but important supernatural elements. Basically, my MC lives in a town with reportedly haunted woods around it, where spooky things supposedly happen. MC is assaulted (by two human criminals) and left unconscious in the woods. When he regains consciousness, he limps back to his family's house, seemingly a few hours later, and finds that for the rest of the world, ten or so years have passed. MC has been missing for years according to the real world, when for him it was just a couple hours. The setting is contemporary New England.

I'm trying to think through the implications of someone seemingly coming back from the dead, with no explanation but a supernatural one. I've already:

* attempted to research procedures for missing person searches, using Google. Googled things like "procedure missing person over/under 18" (MC is on the cusp).
* checked when someone would be legally presumed dead (7 years in most jurisdictions, with conditions; this works fine for my story).
* attempted researching the legal/practical implications of returning from being missing for years, though this didn't turn up much I think I started Googling inheritance/financial implications for missing persons.
* started researching psychological and physical effects of a trauma like this. Looked up specific conditions like PTSD and some research into physical injuries/problems e.g. limping, arthritis.

Any help, suggested resources/starting points or keywords would be much appreciated, especially for the following issues:
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As I said, any help would be appreciated.