A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.
Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports.
Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside.
Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.
The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported.
One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."
"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.