Texas man severs rattlesnake, still gets bitten by head

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

Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden on May 27 when he saw the four-foot rattlesnake and decapitated it.

Her husband quickly attacked the venomous snake with a shovel, cutting off the head. "He had to rip it off".

Jennifer said she called 911 and began driving her husband the 45 miles to a Corpus Christi hospital.

Sutcliffe said the first 24 hours were the worst.

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The doctors gave him the needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four doses. When he went to pick up the head to dispose of it, he was bitten.

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

Because the head was severed from the body, the reptile is believed to have released an extremely large amount of deadly venom into her husband's hand. Dr. Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, said although dying from a snakebite is rare, it happens. He had been treated with 26 doses of antivenin.

After narrowly avoiding death, the man is now in recovery, but his kidney function is still weak.

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If you thought cutting the head off a venomous snake made them safe to handle, think again.

Snake heads have the capability of biting and injecting venom because some reflexive motion still remains even after they've been separated from the body, according to National Geographic.

Texas is known to have various species of rattlesnakes, six to be precise.

Halpert warned people not to suck the venom out themselves. The population of these snakes is so high that a special event is held in Sweetwater, Texas to get rid of excess rattlesnakes every year.

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