Man bitten by severed rattlesnake head almost died in Texas

Howard TerryJun 08, 2018

A Texas man is recovering after he claims the head of a rattlesnake bit him - moments after he had just cut it off.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing yard work at their Corpus Christi home on May 27 when she spotted a 4-foot rattlesnake lurking nearby, she told the station. She said he bent down to pick up the remains to discard and was bitten by the severed head, injecting a super dose of venom with its dying twitch. "He had to rip it off".

Sutcliffe said the first 24 hours after the bite were the worst. "A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses", Sutcliffe said.

If you are bitten, keep the wound below the heart, immobilize the area, wash the bite area with soap and water, and call 911.

Leslie Boyer, antivenom doctor and Founding Director of the University of Arizona VIPER Institute, told Gizmodo that people should not assume that severing the head of a snake renders them harmless. After a 2014 incident in China, biologists affirmed that removing the head of a venomous snake doesn't instantly eliminate the threat it poses.

Jennifer, who is a nurse, immediately got Jeremy into the vehicle and dialed 911 to figure out which of the local hospitals had antivenin.

After the snake bit him, he started having seizures and lost his vision. "They get real snappy in the throes of death". According to reports, the man from Texas required 26 doses of anti-venom after the snakebite.

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

The kidney function of the man was severely affected by the snake bite due to the shock.

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