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Python attacks man at Newport reptile shop

Captive Born Reptiles in the 600 block of Monmouth Street. (FOX19 NOW) Captive Born Reptiles in the 600 block of Monmouth Street. (FOX19 NOW)
Lt. Greg Rapberger and Sgt. Daron Arnberg (FOX19 NOW) Lt. Greg Rapberger and Sgt. Daron Arnberg (FOX19 NOW)
(PHOTO: Newport Police/Provided) (PHOTO: Newport Police/Provided)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

Two Newport cops uncoiled a 15-foot python as it attacked a man at a Monmouth Street reptile store Monday.

Police said the shop owner and a woman were inside the Captive Born Reptile Shop when the snake struck the worker around 1 p.m. The owner, identified as Terry Wilkins, was cleaning the cage at the time of the attack.

[Listen to the 911 call here]

In a 911 call, the woman told dispatchers that the breeder snake had wrapped around Wilkins' neck and face. 

“When we arrived on the scene the man was on the floor, there was a lot of blood all over,” said Newport Police Chief Tom Collins

The chief credited Lt. Greg Rapberger and Sgt. Daron Arnberg for potentially saving the victim’s life. He said the officers did not shoot the snake because they knew it could cause it to tighten its grip.

Lt. Rapberger said he grabbed the snake’s head and started to pull while Sgt. Arnberg uncoiled the snake from the unresponsive man’s body. They were able to put it back in its cage.

Rapberger estimated the snake was probably about 100 pounds and 15-feet long.

Wilkins was revived as crews transported him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Collins.

Captive Born Reptiles has followed city ordinances about live animals, according to Collins. He said it is not clear what will happen to the snake. 

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