Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head, nearly dies

Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head, nearly dies

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Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head, nearly dies

A Texas man who used a shovel to sever the head of a rattlesnake in his yard nearly died after receiving a bite from the reptile’s head.

KiiiTV reports that the bizarre incident occurred May 27 at the unidentified man’s home near Lake Corpus Christi. Jennifer Sutcliffe, the man’s wife, explained that the four-foot snake was encountered as she and her husband performed chores.

Her husband used a shovel to kill the snake, but as he tried to dispose of the head and body, the head bit him and released a significant amount of venom.

As Sutcliffe began to drive her husband to a hospital, after she had dialed 911, her husband began experiencing seizures. The pair was met by an ambulance, but the man’s condition was so extreme that an airlift operation was used to deliver him to the hospital.

Sutcliffe was told initially that her husband might not survive, but 26 doses of antivenom apparently saved his life. On Tuesday he was listed in stable condition.

The incident underscores the danger associated with handling rattlesnakes, even those that are presumed dead.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, about 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by venomous snakes each year, with 10 to 15 fatalities occurring.

The USDA adds that rattlesnakes are not typically aggressive, and will usually retreat if left alone.

“Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing,” the USDA stated in a snake safety page on its website.

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