Texas man almost dies after bite from severed snake head

Texas man almost dies after bite from severed snake head

A man from Corpus Christi, Texas is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in May 2018 - after he decapitated the creature with a shovel.

To prepare for the day's festivities, Jennifer told The Washington Post that she and her husband made a decision to tidy up the yard of their home near Lake Corpus Christi in southern Texas. Her husband sprung into action, beheading the snake with a shovel, but when he bent down to throw it away, the snake's head bit him. "He had to rip it off".

He was taken to a hospital where he underwent 26 doses of venom.

Sutcliffe called 911 and began driving her husband to the hospital. She said people normally get four doses.

Leslie Boyer, an anti-venom doctor at the University of Arizona VIPER Institute, said that killing deadly snakes - especially by cutting them - was a bad idea.

The man, who was not named, began having seizures, experienced internal bleeding and lost his vision.

And no matter how many times you've seen some roo head do it in a Hollywood movie, don't attempt to suck the venom from the wound.

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"I reached down to pull out a little area of grass that was growing around one of my flowers, and I nearly grabbed the snake", she told The Washington Post.

A snake's bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died.

Sutcliffe's husband is now in stable condition, but his kidney function is still weak.

It should go without saying, he said, but no one should be trying to pick up a rattlesnake, dead or alive.

According to KIII-TV, the man was doing yardwork late last month when he saw the rattlesnake. "They get real snappy in the throes of death".

"The head actually turned around and grabbed onto his hand".

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