A woman was found dead in the US state of Indiana with an 8ft (2.4m) nettle python wrapped around her neck.
36-year-old Laura Hearst was found unresponsive after police were called to a property in Oxford city. .
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About 20 of the snakes belong to Mrs. Hearst, who visits the property twice a week.
The house is reported to belong to Benton County Sheriff Don Manson, who lives in the neighborhood. He said he found Ms Hearst on the floor, according to local newspapers published by The Journal and the Courier.
He told the newspaper that Mrs. Hearst's death was a "tragic incident" and that he was "fully cooperative with all."
Indiana State Police Keith Riley said the man who found Mrs. Hearst was able to remove the mesh python from his neck, but emergency services could not revive it.
Mrs. Hearst, who comes from Battle Ground, was at the house "checking her snakes," Sgt Riley told CNN.
"For some reason, she apparently pulled the snake out and did what people do with the snakes," he said.
St Riley said an autopsy would be done on Friday.
The Python Settle reticulatus)
- The longest snake in the world, capable of reaching a length exceeding 10 meters (32 feet)
- The longest in captivity, held in Kansas City, measured 7.6 m (25 feet) in 2011. According to Guinness World Records
- If it often lives in forests, it is usually feared by humans and rarely observed
- Dozens of other pythons have been found in sub-Saharan Africa, Aus Raleigh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, China and Southeast Asia