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Snake in Maryland is recovering after accidentally swallowing a gear shift knob: Very ‘unusual case’

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A Maryland rat snake is recovering after accidentally swallowing a gear shift knob, an animal rehabilitation organization wrote on its Instagram page.

“This rat snake was one of the most unusual cases we have treated at SCWC,” Second Chance Wildlife Center said in a Jan. 25 post on its Instagram page.

“When the snake was ingested, it was clear that the animal had ingested a foreign object resembling an egg,” the center said. rat snake People often accidentally swallow objects like golf balls or eggs, thinking they are chicken eggs.

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“In this case, the object had been trapped inside the snake’s stomach for so long that the snake’s skin was punctured,” the Instagram post said.

When veterinarians at Second Chance Wildlife Center removed the object from the snake, they discovered it was actually a snake. gear shift knob From the car.

A snake with a mysterious object stuck in its stomach was brought to Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (SWNS)

“She then stitched up the stomach and repaired the hole left in the underside of the snake,” the Instagram post said.

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The snake remained at Second Chance Wildlife Center after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, the organization said.

The snake that got stuck in her shift knob

The gearstick knob had been stuck for too long, and the pressure caused holes in the snake’s abdomen, skin and scales. They probably believed that snakes were eating eggs. (SWNS)

“They will spend the rest of the winter with us and will finally return home in the spring,” the center said.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the organization for additional comment and updates.

Second Chance Wildlife Center is located at: Gaithersburg, Marylandjust outside Washington, DC

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“Founded in 1995, Second Chance Wildlife Center provides skilled and compassionate emergency care and long-term rehabilitation for injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of returning healthy animals to their natural roles. “We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit facility that provides care. In the midst of nature,” the website says.

removed the knob

The snake is reportedly recovering well after surgery to remove the swallowed gear shift knob (pictured above) and is expected to be released in the spring, the wildlife rehabilitation center said in an Instagram post. Ta. (SWNS)

In addition to its rehabilitation efforts, Second Chance Wildlife Center is also working to “educate the public on how to safely coexist with neighboring wildlife,” the organization said.

The organization treats nearly 3,000 wild animals each year, including bald eagles, possums, ducks, rabbits, turtles and snakes, according to its website.

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Rat snakes are “large, nonvenomous snakes 3.5 to 7 feet (1 to 2 meters) long with glossy black scales on their backs, light-colored abdomens, and white throats and jaws,” the website says. is stated. National Wildlife Foundation.

They live on the east coast of the United States and have a varied diet that includes frogs and eggs, according to the National Wildlife Foundation.

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The foundation added that the snakes are “excellent swimmers and tree climbers.”

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