File photo of Burmese python. This is not the snake that was reportedly involved in the incident.

File photo of Burmese python. This is not the snake that was reportedly involved in the incident.

A former inmate of the Dale County (Ala.) Jail claims two correctional officers used a snake to torture him.

Trawick Redding Jr., of Ozark, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Dale County, Sheriff Wally Olson, two correctional officers and other jail staff.

He claims correctional officers used a "deadly and venomous snake as a means of torture, assault of inmate, cruel and unusual punishment" while he was in jail two years ago.

"We think this is a very serious matter that should be dealt with," Redding's attorney Martin Weinberg told AL.com. "This was not just a garden snake that somebody just found on the ground walking into the jail or the woods by the jail. This was something that was planned out as a means to control, torture and harass the inmates."

According to the lawsuit, Redding claims Glenn brought a yellow Burmese python described as being 6 to 7 feet long into the jail. Despite the claims in the suit, Burmese pythons are not venomous.

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