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Eight-foot python kills woman

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INDIANA – A woman has been found dead with an eight-foot (2.4m) reticulated python wrapped around her neck.

Laura Hurst, 36, was found unresponsive after police were called to a property in the town of Oxford.

There were 140 snakes inside the house, which is believed to be specifically used to house the animals.

About 20 of the snakes belonged to Hurst, who visited the property twice a week.

The house reportedly belongs to Benton County Sheriff Don Munson, who lives next door. He said he had found Hurst on the floor, local paper the Journal and Courier reported.

He said Hurst’s death was a “tragic accident”.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Kim Riley said the person who found Hurst was able to remove the reticulated python from her neck but emergency services could not revive her.

Riley said an autopsy would be performed. (BBC)

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