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A Portland Teen’s Pet Snake Got Stuck in Her Earlobe

She had to go to the ER.

Ah, teens and their snakes—always getting into mischief.

Last week, Portland, Oregon, resident Ashley Glawe was hanging out with her pet ball python, Bart, when he decided to try something new. Quick as a flash, he was stuck in her gauged earlobe. 

“It all happened SO fast that before I knew what was going on it was already too late,” Glawe wrote on Facebook. She ended up at Portland Adventist Hospital, where, according to Patch, doctors numbed her earlobe, vaselined the snake, and pulled him out. 

She and Bart may have been physically separated, but they are now tied together by fame, having garnered coverage everywhere from Complex to Channel 8 News.

“BY FAR one of my #CRAZIEST life moments!” Glawe posted later.

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