TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Local veterinarians performed surgery on a 6-foot-long boa constrictor Friday to remove a towel the snake ingested.

A staff representative with BluePearl Veterinarian Partners said it is common for them to perform a procedure on a snake and other types of animals. In fact, doctors there have also performed surgery on a tiger last year to remove a four pound hairball that the tiger ingested.

Hospital reps said it is believed the boa was eating a rat when the towel got caught on the rat. They also added the snake will make a full recovery.

The surgery happened at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa, one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S.

BluePearl and others are assisting with a portion of the costs.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this large, powerful constrictor feeds on lizards, birds, and mammals both on the ground and in trees.

Photos Credit BluePearl Veterinary Partners