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    KETCHUM, Idaho - It took surgery to save a 12-foot Burmese python after it swallowed an entire queen-size electric blanket — with the electrical cord and control box.

    The blanket must have gotten tangled up in the snake's rabbit dinner, owner Karl Beznoska said. He said he kept the blanket in the 60-pound reptile's cage for warmth.

    "The prognosis is great," veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt said after Tuesday's two-hour operation on the python, named Houdini.

    Fostvedt said specialists at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine told him it probably would have taken Houdini six hours to swallow the blanket and the snake probably would have died without the operation.

    X-rays showed the tangle of the blanket's wiring extending through about 8 feet of the python's digestive tract. The surgery to remove it took an 18-inch incision.

    Neither Fostvedt nor fellow veterinarian Barry Rathfon had operated on a snake before. "We just basically called a couple of specialists and they told us where to go in," Fostvedt said.

    He said it would take several days for Houdini's anesthesia to wear off because snakes have such slow metabolism.

    Houdini has been with Beznoska for 16 years, and is a popular show-and-tell guest in local schools.
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    Wow. That's going to be one warm snake after swallowing that electric blanket.

    I can just see myself plugging it into the socket and snuggling up with a 12 foot snake on cold winter nights!

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    • #3
      I think the most interesting part of that article is actually the fact that the snake's going to be out for a few days because of the slow metabolism. Just had never really thought about it before.


      Seriously though... that was one hungry snake. lol I've heard of pigs in a blanket... but never a rabbit in a blanket.
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      • #4
        had to have been a cotton-tail..

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        • #5
          snake swallows blanket

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          • #6
            not a bad ploy....

            keeps you warm and sizzling....



            i might start chewing on mine now....


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            • #7
              http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?t=65829


              Maybe one of our new mods can practice their new merge feature.
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              • #8
                http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?t=65829

                My thread Titles are just more interesting.......
                "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
                tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
                men."

                -- Samuel Adams

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                • #9
                  . . . . But they never did find Linus . . .

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