Texas man bitten after severing rattlesnake’s head

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man is recovering after a rattlesnake he decapitated bit him as he tried to dispose of its body.

According to KIII-TV, Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing yardwork late last month when she spotted a rattlesnake in their yard.

Her husband severed its head with a gardening tool. When he bent down to throw away the body, the snake’s head bit him.

After the bite, the man started having seizures, lost his vision and suffered internal bleeding. He was taken to a hospital, where he underwent 26 doses of antivenom.

Doctors say if you are bitten by a snake, do not bring it to the emergency room. Instead, the Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends getting a description of the snake and its markings.

Also, leave the wound at or below heart level and try to clean out the wound if possible.

If you are bitten, you should:

  • Sit down and stay calm
  • Gently wash with warm soapy water
  • Remove jewelry or tight clothing
  • Keep the bitten area still

Do not:

  • Cut the bitten area and try to drain the venom
  • Try to remove the venom by sucking it or using a suction device
  • Ice the area. Ice causes additional tissue damage
  • Apply a tourniquet or tight bandage. It is better for the venom to flow through the body than to stay in one area
  • Attempt to catch or kill the snake
  • Give the victim sedatives or alcohol.
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