A horrific medical video shows doctors removing what appears to be a 4ft-long snake from the mouth of a Russian woman.
The scaly animal was said to have slithered inside her as she slept in the yard of her home in Levashi village, in Dagestan, according to local reports.
Feeling unwell, the young woman was rushed to hospital where she was put under general anaesthesia so that surgeons could insert an endoscope and look at what the problem was.
The footage shows the gloved hands of a male doctor removing the snake after inserting a tube down the female patient’s throat.
He is heard off-camera saying: “Let’s see what this is.”
A female medic grabs the snake as it is pulled from the woman’s mouth.
She jumps back startled and other medical staff gasp in horror when the snake appears to wriggle from one end while it is dangled through the air.
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 on the incident.
Locals claim it is rare for snakes to slither inside people’s mouths, but older citizens advise the young not to sleep outside because of the risk of snakes crawling inside them.
The woman patient was not identified in local media, nor was the type of snake identified.
The village of Levashi has a population of 11,500 and is at an altitude of 4,165 ft.
Some commenters on social media claimed the snake could in fact be a parasite or giant worm that was living in her guts.
Other victims have complained of “something alive” inside them after snakes slithered into their mouths.