Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head

WABCA Texas man is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had just decapitated

A diamondback rattlesnake - not this one - injected a Texas man with a risky dose of venom even though it had been decapitated.

Milo Jeremy Sutcliffe, 40, spotted the four foot reptile while doing yard work at his home in Lake Corpus Christi, Tx., over Memorial Day weekend. "He had to rip it off".

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

As we learned from a story from KIIITV journo Marissa Cummings, the snake injected a huge amount of venom into the man.

"Within two miles down the road, he was going through seizures, slipping out of conscious and couldn't see".

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 of antivenom", Sutcliffe said.

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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.

"You just want to keep the victim calm, keep the bitten area above the level of the heart slightly, and get the patient to the nearest emergency room", he said. But when he held it to get rid of it, the snake's head bit the man.

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

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

It should go without saying, he said, but no one should be trying to pick up a rattlesnake, dead or alive.

"They get real snappy in the throes of death", Bush said. But that didn't stop the snake's head from biting the man minutes later when he attempted to discard the remains.

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

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