Severed rattlesnake head bites man who decapitated it

The severed head of a snake can still be very dangerous a Texas man found out recently

The severed head of a snake can still be very dangerous a Texas man found out recently

A Texas man is recovering in hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake's head - after it had been chopped from its body.

Jennifer Sutcliffe told the local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden when he saw the 1.25m rattlesnake and decapitated it.

When he picked up the snake's remains to dispose them, the head bit him. Snakes can still bite and inject venom for up to two hours after being decapitated.

The excessive venom almost proved fatal for Milo, who had seizures, lost his vision and began to bleed internally on his trip to the hospital.

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Doctors initially told Sutcliffe that her husband may not make it despite the large amounts of anti-venom they were giving him.

At the hospital, Jennifer was told her husband was going into septic shock, had internal bleeding and that his blood pressure was consistently "bottoming out". A snake bite victim is usually administered two to four doses of the expensive antidote but Sutcliffe's husband was given a whopping 26 doses, she said.

While the man's injuries were life threatening, he is in a stable condition following treatment, KIRO 7 reported, despite doctors warning Sutcliffe initially that he may not pull through.

"There is about 6,000 to 8,000 snakes bites per year in the country and 10 or 12 people die", said Halpert.

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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. Last month, a selfless grandfather was praised as a hero after saving his granddaughter from an eastern brown snake bite.

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

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

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