Firefighters trying to control a trailer fire in southern Utah discovered they had an unexpected further problem to contend with: lots of snakes.
Kristeen Checketts, the animal control officer in St. George, Utah, said there were about 19 pet pythons in the trailer when it caught fire Thursday morning at a park for recreational vehicles.
Once the fire was put out, Checketts and firefighters began pulling out snake after snake - most of them in cages, and some up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) long.
Checketts says 11of the reptiles survived, according to The Spectrum newspaper.
The snakes' owner tried to revive another by massaging it and blowing into its mouth through a plastic pipe.
Fire Captain Jason Whipple says the accidental fire started with a heat lamp in one of the snake cages.