Stomach-churning video posted online has captured the moment Russian doctors removed a 1.2-metre snake from a female patient’s mouth.
The woman was taken to hospital and placed under general anaesthetic after feeling unwell.
In the footage doctors can be seen slowly removing the snake after inserting a tube down her throat.
A male doctor off-camera says, “Let’s see what this is.”
A female doctor grabs the snake as its full length is revealed, and the medical staff react in horror.
The snake is then dropped into a bucket.
Locals in the Republic of Dagestan, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea, reportedly say such incidents have been known to happen from time to time.
Older citizens are said to warn the young not to sleep outside because of the risk of snakes climbing into their mouths.