Snake is Bite Victim in California Attack

A snake bite victim in a north Sacramento, California neighborhood left the victim in serious condition, however, the injured party might not be who you think it is. Police say that the python underwent emergency surgery after a man allegedly bit the creature twice.

Officers were called to the scene which happened at Del Paso Heights at sometime around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a passer-by witnessed a man lying on the ground as if he were assaulted and reported it to the police. According to Sgt. Andrew Pettit, when police arrived, they found that 54-year-old David Senkstill was lying there by the snake, however, police say he was not the one who was attacked. Another man approached the police officers and accused Senk of taking two bites out of his 3-foot pet python. The alleged snake-biter was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully maiming or mutilating a reptile and booked on $10,000 bail.

In an interview from jail with KXTL-TV on Friday, Senk says he has no memory of the incident and is an alcoholic.

“I did what?” He said. “If you find the owner, tell him I’m real sorry. … I’m willing to help pay for medical expenses.”

The snake was turned over to San Diego’s Animal Care Services, where it was recovering on Friday after the loss of several ribs. The female python, which is about a couple years old, suffered extensive bite injuries, said the local acting animal care services manager.

“You could see the poor snake’s liver, all the way down the sideā€¦”

The owner of the snake has not yet come forward to claim the pet or file a report with animal care officials. The name of the snake remains unknown at this time.