updated 4/14/2010 4:45:20 PM ET 2010-04-14T20:45:20

Police in South Carolina said an argument between two motel guests ended up with one of the men being hit in the head with a snake.

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Rock Hill police said the victim told officers that he argued Tuesday night with 29-year-old Tony Smith over the volume of his music.

The dispute appeared to be over, but several hours later, the man told police Smith walked up to him with a 4-foot python and hit him in the face with the snake's head.

Smith surrended the snake to family members before police handcuffed him and took him to jail.

Smith was charged with assault and battery. He was in the Rock Hill jail on a nearly $1,100 bond and jail officials did not know if he had an attorney.

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