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Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head

BBC News

A Texan required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he had killed.

Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden when he saw the four-foot (1.25m) rattlesnake and decapitated it.

When he picked up the snake’s remains to dispose of them, the head bit him.  

A snake’s bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died. Ms Sutcliffe told KIII-TV her husband immediately began to have seizures.

He was airlifted from his home near Corpus Christi to hospital where he was treated with the anti-venom CroFab.

More than a week after the incident, the man is reportedly in stable condition, with some weakened kidney function.

Leslie Boyer, an anti-venom doctor at the University of Arizona VIPER Institute, warned against attempting to kill snakes, particularly by cutting them.

“It’s cruel to the animal and it leaves you with a smaller piece that’s venomous to pick up,” she told the Gizmodo news site.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44392861

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7 Responses to Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head

  1. Katie says:

    Duh, don’t pick up with your hands! Shovel it into burning burn bin.

  2. Koyote says:

    I told you to leave them Jews alone!!

  3. flee says:

    Hey…

    I really hate to say this.

    But that snake head reminds me of my x.

    Trust me.

    If she could knock me off and steal the rest of my sht.

    I would…suspect she would.

    Even with just a severed head.

    Am I bitter.

    Fk no I’m not…

    Because I lived through it.

    Like a 2nd grade Catholic girl whining about being a sniveling btch.

  4. DL. says:

    I cannot tell you how many rattlers I have killed with axes, gardening tools, big rocks, scissors, even, because it was either me (or my kids), or the snake! So the guy saying don’t decapitate rattlesnakes doesn’t live in mountainous far west Texas, doesn’t have children, doesn’t have a garden, and doesn’t have a house where rattlesnakes have gotten into, I guess. (I let my hubby kill ’em with guns…)

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “It’s cruel to the animal and it leaves you with a smaller piece that’s venomous to pick up,”

    Much better to just let them roam around in the yard until someone ends up bit, right?

    idiot

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