Sacramento man arrested for allegedly biting snake

September 2, 2011 - 5:25 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A snake bite in a north Sacramento neighborhood left the victim seriously hurt, but the injured party isn't whom you'd expect.

Police say a python underwent emergency surgery after a man allegedly bit the creature twice.

Sgt. Andrew Pettit says officers were called to the Del Paso Heights neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a passer-by reported that a man was lying on the ground and may have been assaulted. When they arrived, they found 54-year-old David Senk still lying there — but police say he wasn't the one who was assaulted.

Pettit says another man approached officers and accused Senk of taking two bites out of his pet python.

Senk was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully maiming or mutilating a reptile. He was booked on $10,000 bail.