A woman who decapitated two pet snakes with a pair of scissors and tried to swallow their severed heads while drunk has escaped a prison term.
Jennifer Lampe, 28, was given a four-month suspended sentence after subjecting the reptiles to a “prolonged and painful suffering” before they eventually died.
Lampe, of Church Stretton in Shropshire, had been drinking whisky, amaretto and lager prior to killing the animals on April 8, RSPCA prosecutor Roger Price told Telford Magistrates’ Court.
She was living with her sister at the time of the incident, and had become agitated after fearing she was no longer welcome there.
After “yelling and swearing” she had taken scissors and a knife to her room, where the boa constrictor and a bull python were kept.
Mr Price said: “When her sister saw the defendant in her bedroom she had a boa constrictor under her top and was covered in blood.
“About three-quarters of the snake could be seen. The defendant was hysterical.”
The defendant’s sister called the police, and officers found her with the headless – albeit still-moving – body of a boa constrictor around her neck.
Lampe had “vomited up” the heads and placed both in her trouser pockets as she “wanted to keep them”.
The snakes experienced “prolonged and painful” suffering, said Mr Price, adding that reptiles’ heads “can remain operable up to an hour after decapitation.”
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