David Senk, 54, was jailed on suspicion of maiming or mutilating a reptile, with bail set at $10,000, the Sacramento Bee reported. Police say a python underwent emergency surgery after the man allegedly bit the creature twice.
Officers were called to Del Paso Heights around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a passer-by reported that a man was lying on the ground and might have been assaulted, according to Sgt. Andrew Pettit. When they arrived, they found Senk still lying there — but police say he wasn't the one who was assaulted.
Another man approached officers and accused Senk of taking two bites out of his pet python, Pettit said. The man, who was an acquaintance of Senk, told police that the suspect asked to hold the pet, then began biting it. Senk was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully maiming or mutilating a reptile and booked on $10,000 bail. Pettit said it wasn't immediately clear why Senk bit the snake, or whether he was intoxicated at the time.