Snake catcher nearly strangled to death by python

Snake catcher nearly strangled to death by python

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Snake catcher nearly strangled to death by python

A professional snake catcher in Australia was a minute from death after being strangled by a scrub python she was attempting to remove from a resident’s backyard Monday night in Wongaling Beach, Queensland.

“I grabbed the snake out of the tree and it landed around my neck and before I could unwind it, it tightened around my neck and face,” Sue Ambler wrote on Facebook, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“Before long it afixiated [sic] me to the point [where] I passed out and fell to the ground. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of the people I was catching the snake for I wouldn’t be alive to tell my story. As the ambulance guy said, one more minute and I would [have] been dead.”

The residents had removed the python from around Ambler’s neck by the time paramedics arrived on the scene. She was transported to Innisfail Hospital as a precaution.

Ambler suffered burst blood vessels in both eyes and a friction burn across the bridge of her nose, but she is otherwise feeling “OK, but still very sore.”

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Ambler told the Cairns Post that if nobody else had been there she would have died.

“I feel pretty silly,” she told the Post.

“I think because I have been handling snakes for so long, I was too relaxed and he got the better of me, but I’ve learnt a lesson and won’t make the same mistake twice,” Ambler wrote, according to ABC.

“This was a freak accident, but I also want people to know that pythons can be moody and cranky and dangerous — I’m lucky to survive this.”

Ambler told the Post the incident wouldn’t stop her from removing snakes, though it’s doubtful she’ll be letting her guard down in the future.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.  

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