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Nicki Minaj’s Dancer Bitten By A Snake During Rehearsal of ‘Anaconda’ at the VMAs

Written by on August 24, 2014


It looks like Nicki Minaj is trying to pull a Britney for her VMAs performance.

The rapper, who recently dropped the butt-filled music video for her new song “Anaconda,” was rehearsing the song on Friday, Aug. 22, for her upcoming MTV VMAs performance this Sunday. During rehearsal, one of Minaj’s female dancers got bitten by a 6-foot-long snake, according to TMZ.

Minaj was on stage performing the song when the unnamed dancer, who had the snake draped over her shoulders, was bitten on the inside of her left arm, according to MTV. The snake was a Dumeril’s boa constrictor, a non-venomous species, named Rocky, and not the titular anaconda. The snake’s handler, who was watching the entire performance, said that it never had a biting incident before this.

Chris Velvin, director of production safety for Viacom Media Networks, told MTV that the dancer was immediately treated on-site before being sent to the hospital. Although the bite was not venomous, Velvin said, “It is in no way life-threatening, but scary. We wanted her to start getting treatment as soon as possible.”

The plan still remains to include a snake in the performance, but to switch out Rocky for another boa or a python.