A firefighter in Ohio cut the head off of a woman’s pet boa constrictor after the 5-foot-long animal wouldn’t let go of her face and nose, authorities said.
The unidentified 45-year-old Sheffield Lake woman called 911 to report that one of two boa constrictors she adopted a day earlier had latched onto her, wrapping itself around her neck and face, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
“I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face,” the woman shrieked.
“Ma’am, you have a what?” the dispatcher responded.
“Boa constrictor,” the woman replied before giving the dispatcher the address to her home on East Lake Road.
“I’ve never heard of this before,” the dispatcher told emergency responders.
The woman, who said she had a total of 11 snakes in her home, told the dispatcher she was frightened after the nonvenomous snake had latched onto her nose.
“There’s blood everywhere,” the woman said.
The dispatcher then asked the woman if she was having trouble breathing or swallowing.
“No, I’m just scared,” she replied. “ … Oh god, hurry please!”
A firefighter eventually used a pocketknife to kill the snake, which the woman reported to be more than 5 feet long.
“It was wrapped around her neck and biting her nose and wouldn’t let go,” Fire Chief Tim Card told the Chronicle-Telegram. “They had to cuts its head off with a knife to get it to let go of her face.”
The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.