The story just isn’t enough: you want to see the photo Ashley Glawe (“glah-WE”) posted on Facebook from the emergency room. But first the story, from True’s 5 February 2017 issue:
Weekly Weird News
The heavily tattooed and pierced Ashley Glawe was relaxing at her home in Portland, Ore., with her pet ball python wrapped around her shoulders when the snake “lunged” toward her ear — or, more specifically, the wide piercing in her right ear lobe. It got stuck about half-way through. “I tried to get him out myself, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to without hurting him,” she said later. She called 911, but firefighters couldn’t figure out how to get the snake out of her ear either, and she ended up at Portland Adventist Hospital. “They put string or something in between my ear and the snake and stretched my ear out more,” she said, which allowed them to pull the snake out without tearing her ear. (RC/KATU Portland) ...Her chest tattoo already says it all: “This Too Shall Pass”.
Why is the story titled “Jewelry”? Wikipedia notes the ball python (Python regius) is also known as the royal python, which “comes from the fact that rulers in Africa would wear the python as jewelry.” And yes, her shoulder-to-shoulder tattoo, partly visible in the photo, does really say “This Too Shall Pass”:
I like Ashley: she was cool under pressure. I guess when you have that many tatts and piercings, you can handle a little pain, and have learned to keep your wits. And she gamely submitted to interviews from journalists all over the world.
If you wonder: pythons rarely bite, and even if they do, they don't produce any poisonous venom.