Nicki Minaj's would be "Anaconda" co-star -- the snake that bit a dancer during Friday's rehearsal -- did not get the chance to strike a second time … and TMZ got the shot of the reptile getting 86'd just hours before the VMAs.
Sources at VMA rehearsals tell us the offending python was at the L.A. Forum today -- just in case Nicki, her team and MTV felt comfortable going forward with the performance as planned.
But we're told the final decision was made to cut the snake a few hours before show time, and handlers loaded the rejected serpent into a container and unceremoniously removed it from the premises.
Sometimes showbiz bites.
By the way, nobody was thinking about the snake once Nicki hit the stage.
Snake Gets Booted
Hours Before VMAs
8/24/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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