Texas man bitten after severing rattlesnake’s head

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2018

But there's a downside to severing the head of a rattlesnake, which one fella in Corpus Christi learned the hard way recently: Just because a rattler's head is severed doesn't mean it can't still bite you. Then, a few moments later, he bent down to get rid of it-only for the snake's head to bite him.

In fact, there have been previous [to 2014] reports, including in the US, of people being bitten by the severed heads of snakes.

The story has a semi-biblical tone: A man and woman together in a garden come across a serpent.

Following the bite, the man started having seizures, lost his vision and suffered internal bleeding.

Sutcliffe explained: 'A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom.

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

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He was eventually airlifted to Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, Jennifer said.

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. If someone near you is bitten, get medical help immediately.

"No, you don't want to do any of that", Halpert said.

His wife rushed him to hospital, where doctors had to dose him up with anti-venom.

The Australian man from the Queensland town of Bundaberg was raking leaves in his yard with his toddler granddaughter when he spotted the snake.

Dying from a snake bite is rare, Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon in Corpus Christi, told KIII. A better option, experts say, is to call animal control to have the snake safely removed.

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