CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was killed by an 8-foot reticulated python on Wednesday, at a northwest Indiana home filled with 140 snakes.
Indiana State Police said 36-year-old Laura Hurst was found with the python wrapped around her neck Wednesday night at a home in Oxford, about two hours southeast of Chicago. Police were responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive woman when they found her.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Mainly Clear And Not As Cold Sunday Night
Paramedics tried to revive Hurst, but were unsuccessful.
An autopsy on Friday determined she died of asphyxiation due to strangulation by a snake, police said. The Benton County Cororner’s office was still waiting for the results of toxicology tests, which could take four to six weeks.READ MORE: At Least 20 Shot, 2 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
Police said there were 140 snakes in the home, about 20 of them belonging to Hurst, who visited the home about twice a week before she died.
The home was registered to the Benton County, Indiana Sheriff, so no one lives there. It is actually set up to house snakes.MORE NEWS: Boy, 11, Shot And Wounded In West Pullman; He Is Second Child Shot In Area Within Week
The reticulated python, native to Southeast Asia, is considered the longest snake in the world and can weigh in at 350 pounds.