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US Woman 'Rescues' Boa Constrictor, Calls For Help When It Wraps Around Her Face

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| July 31 , 2017 , 11:51 IST

A woman in Ohio who seemingly 'rescued' a more than 5-foot-long boa constrictor snake became in need of rescuing herself when the snake wrapped around her face and caught hold of her nose. She had brought home the snake along with another one in recent days, adding to her collection of 9 other snakes.  

Calling emergency services when the boa constrictor wrapped itself around her body and her face, the woman caught the dispatcher by surprise when she described her predicament.

"Oh, please. I have a boa constrictor stuck to my - my face," she told the dispatcher.

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"Ma'am, you have a what?" Asked the surprised dispatcher.

"A boa constrictor," the woman confirmed.

"You have a boa constrictor . . . You're outside with a boa constrictor stuck to your face?" He asked.

"Please hurry," she screamed. "He has a hold of my nose."

While she told the dispatcher that the snake wasn't venomous and it wasn't cutting off her breath or circulation, she said that there was "blood everywhere."

"Oh, God, hurry, please. He's around my waist and he has my nose," she told the dispatcher on the phone.

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When the first responders reached the woman they found the snake wrapped around her neck and biting her nose.

Sheffield Lake Fire Chief Tim Card told media, "It was wrapped around her neck and biting her nose and wouldn't let go. They had to cut its head off with a knife to get it to let go of her face."

According to organization Born Free which advocates against owning exotic pets such as snakes, dangerous interactions with snakes is not uncommon. In the 8-year period between 1995 and 2013 at least 471 attacks took place.

"Clearly this is a national problem," said executive vice president of Born Free USA Adam Roberts, in a news release. "We are seriously concerned about the epidemic of owning deadly snakes. Large snake ownership remains unregulated or poorly regulated across the country. . . . Snakes are wild animals who cannot be trained and at any time can display their normal wild behavior, which may include a poisonous bite or strangulation."