A woman in the US somehow managed to call the authorities as a boa constrictor tightened its coils around her - and her horrifying call to the authorities has been made published.
The 45-year-old woman, in Ohio, called 911 after a five-and-a-half foot boa constrictor clamped onto her nose - only a day after she had rescued it.
Officers in the city of Sheffield Lake eventually chopped off the head of the snake after racing to the scene in response to the woman's frantic call.
An audio clip of the call has now surfaced on YouTube. It begins with the woman saying, in a terrified voice, "I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face."
The officer responds "you have a what?", but quickly adapts to the situation and proceeds to ask the caller a series of questions.
She goes on to explain she is outside, and begs for rescue workers to come and save her, as the snake has hold of her nose and "there's blood everywhere."
When the officer on the line asks if the woman is having any difficulty breathing or swallowing, the woman replies "no, I'm just scared."
She also reveals that she has 10 other snakes, and the boa constrictor is one of a pair she'd rescued the day before.
Local media reports that the woman was found just a few minutes after the call, lying in her front driveway with the snake wrapped around her neck. A cage lay open by her side.
Eventually the rescue workers used a pocket knife to cut off the head of the snake and force it to release the woman.
"Because of how close it was wrapped around her, there were no other options, from what I understand," Fire Lt. Wes Mariner told Cleveland.com.
The woman was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Whether she wishes to keep her snakes remains to be seen.
Listen to the audio below.