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from Reuters (Yahoo News)

Snake Charmer's Luck Runs Out, Python Kills Him

Tuesday May 4 8:14 AM ET

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai snake charmer's luck ran out Monday when a python he had captured from a neighbor's home coiled itself around his neck and strangled him.

Hie Kerdchoochuay, 55, who was known for his snake catching and charming skills, rushed into a neighbor's house in the northern province of Uttaradit Monday to catch the python which had intruded the home, police told Reuters Tuesday.

He put the snake in a sack and was walking home with it when villagers ran into him and asked to see the python.

Hie then took the snake out and put it around his neck.

Hie started screaming for help when the reptile wrapped itself tightly around his neck and did not let go until he fell down dead, police said.

Pythons kill their prey by squeezing them, constricting their ability to breathe in.

Villagers and policemen in the area then forcibly unwrapped the snake from his neck and took it into captivity.

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