Thinking about having a pet snake? Keeping a snake as a pet can be a scary venture and the risks can include accidental bites or exposing yourself to Salmonella.
Another risk is the snake getting stuck in your earlobe. One of the most popular types of pet snakes is the ball python which is a non-venomous constrictor.
A ball python owner, Ashley Glawe, was going through her routine of playing with her snake. Before she knew it, the snake somehow got its body lodged into her stretched earlobe. On her Facebook page, Glawe wrote:
By far one of my #craziest life moments! Went to the #EmergencyRoom because my #BallPython #Python #Snake decided to get #Stuck in my #Gauged earlobe!
Glawe’s post on Facebook was shared more than 30,000 times. Her experience gained a lot of attention and comments from those who were amused, confused, or even upset. One person by the name of Eve believed that she did this on purpose. Eve said:
I do not buy for a second that this snake managed to somehow sneak through there undetected. There can’t have been any jewelry in there and at that size, a lobe without a tunnel or plug would just hang and would not look like something through which to climb. Ridiculous selfie effort gone wrong? The snake is not the dumb one here.
Doctors at Portland Adventist Hospital stretched Glawe’s earlobe after they managed to make a small cut on her ear. They were able to get the snake out of her ear and both are doing fine.
Snakes usually do not like to be around crowds and handling them should be kept as minimum as possible. It is recommended that owners handle their snakes for approximately five minutes per day until it gets acclimated to contact with humans.
The ball python is known to eat mice, rats, and birds. They are popular among domestic snakes and the oldest python lived to be 47 years old.
Featured imaged credit via Ashley Glawe-Facebook