Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head almost dies

08 June, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • The severed head of a snake can still be very dangerous a Texas man found out recently

A beheaded rattlesnake bit a Corpus Christi, Texas, man, releasing an extreme amount of venom into his body.

The incident happened May 27 as Milo and Jennifer Sutcliffe were doing yard work at their home near Lake Corpus Christi.

There, doctors warned Sutcliffe her husband could die as a result of the massive dose of venom the snake poisoned him with, and used enormous quantities of antivenom to stabilize him. "He had to rip it off".

Sutcliffe called 911 and began driving her husband to the hospital.

"A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom", Sutcliffe said to Kiii TV. Upon spotting a four-foot rattlesnake, the man (unnamed in media reports) severed its head with a shovel.

While Jennifer said she was scared too, she tried to stay positive.

Perhaps the safest way to kill a snake is to sever the head-with an axe, a shovel, a garden hoe, or whatever else is sharp, long, and convenient.


Jennifer, who is a nurse, immediately got Jeremy into the vehicle and dialed 911 to figure out which of the local hospitals had antivenin.

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

He was raced to hospital and given 26 doses of anti-venom.

A man in Texas has almost died after being bitten by a snake that he had just beheaded with a shovel. And naturally, they become aggressive in the throes of death, when they perceive the situation as a last-ditch opportunity to survive.

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

The USDA recommends that people who comes across rattlesnakes allow them to retreat, as the venomous snakes only strike when threatened or provoked.

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