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Reptile shop owner: Python attack story blown out of proportion

(PHOTO: Facebook) (PHOTO: Facebook)
Snake in alleged incident (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Michael Baldwin) Snake in alleged incident (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Michael Baldwin)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

The man who police say was attacked by a python at a Newport reptile store claims the story was blown out of proportion.

A woman called 911 on Monday and said the snake had wrapped around the neck of Terry Wilkins, owner of Captive Born Reptile Shop.

In a video posted to Facebook Thursday, Wilkins said he wanted to “set the record straight” and claimed the 911 caller did not give out accurate information to police dispatchers.

“There’s a tremendous disconnect between the truth of the matter and what the media has reported and I believe that is intentional,” said Wilkins. 

Click here to watch Wilkins' full Facebook video

The caller didn’t witness the entire incident and the snake never wrapped around his neck, Wilkins claimed in the video.

He says he slipped on a wet floor, hit his head and blacked out.

There was blood on the floor and Wilkins was unconscious when officers arrived at the shop, according to Newport Police Chief Tom Collins.

Lt. Greg Rapberger said he grabbed the snake’s head and started to pull while Sgt. Daron Arnberg uncoiled the snake from Wilkins' body and put it back in the cage.

Wilkins was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He said he was ready to go home minutes after arriving at the hospital.

In the video, the shop owner thanked supporters and the officers for getting the snake back in its cage.

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