Dead rattlesnake's severed head bites Texas man

Dead rattlesnake's severed head bites Texas man

A Corpus Christi, Texas man was bitten by a rattlesnake after he already beheaded the snake.

The man was tending to his garden in Lake Corpus Christi with his wife when they noticed a 1.2m rattlesnake by her feet.

She called 911 and started driving to the hospital, and her husband began having seizures, lost his vision and had internal bleeding, the channel reported.

Jennifer said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four.

Although being attacked by a severed snake head seems unusual, Sean Bush, a snake expert at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University told NBC News in 2014 that it's "very common" for snake heads to still bite because it's "a last-ditch effort to survive".

KIII-TV reports the victim had to get 26 doses of antivenom.

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After narrowly avoiding death, the man is now in recovery, but his kidney function is still weak. "He had to rip the snake's head off", Jennifer said".

A decapitated snake head can "live" for up to an hour after being severed.

He remains hospitalized but is in stable condition, according to his family. Dr. Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, said although dying from a snakebite is rare, it happens.

A man in Texas has almost died after being bitten by a snake that he had just beheaded with a shovel.

Texas is known to have various species of rattlesnakes, six to be precise. Biologists warn that most bites from venomous snakes occur when people try to neutralize the snake by killing it, rather than simply leaving it alone.

The best way to deal with a rattlesnake is to get away from it. Rattlers only bite when threatened, so if you see one nearby but don't threaten it, you're likely to be safe-it should mosey along and you can safely go about your day.

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