BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Published: Mar 07, 2014 4:36 PM EST

TAMPA – A 6-foot-long boa constrictor is recovering after doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa performed surgery to remove a towel the pet snake ingested.

The male snake, named Killer, apparently ingested the towel inadvertently while eating a rat.

Doctors from BluePearl successfully removed the towel from him.

Killer is expected to make a full recovery.