A woman has had a 1.2 metre-long snake pulled out of her mouth in a terrifying medical video released in Russia.
The creature had slithered inside her as she slept in the yard of her home in Levashi village, in Dagestan.
Feeling unwell, the young woman was rushed to hospital where she was put under general anaesthetic.
The footage shows the gloved hands of a male doctor removing the snake after inserting a tube down her throat.
“Let’s see what this is,” the doctor is heard saying off camera.
A female medic grabs the snake as it is pulled from the woman’s mouth.
She jumps back startled and medical staff scream when they realise the length of the snake inside the patient.
The reptile is then dropped into a medical bucket.
It is unclear if the snake is still alive or how long it was inside the woman.
The Ministry of Health in Dagestan, a mountainous republic bordering the Caspian Sea, has not commented.
Locals say such incidents happen infrequently and older citizens advise the young not to sleep outside because of the risk of snakes entering their mouths.
The patient was not identified, nor was the type of snake specified.
The village of Levashi has a population of 11,500 and is at an altitude of 4,165 ft.
Some people said the creature could be a parasite or giant worm but it appears too big for this.
Other victims have complained of “something alive” inside them after snakes slithered into their mouths.
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