A former inmate says sheriff's deputies used a python to intimidate and harass prisoners in an Alabama county jail.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Montgomery, Trawick Redding Jr. says he saw two deputies in the jail with a yellow Burmese python around 6 to 7 feet long in the summer of 2013. He says he told the deputies he was afraid of snakes.

Redding says that several hours later, as he was sleeping in his bunk, a deputy entered with a snake. He says in the lawsuit that the deputy brought the snake "within less than an inch of his face and ready to strike."

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson tells WSFA-TV (http://bit.ly/1D5DDQw ) that two deputies were terminated after he learned of the matter.

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Information from: WSFA-TV, http://www.wsfa.com/