Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head

The man beheaded it with a shovel but he soon found out how dangerous a dead snake can

A Texas man is recovering after he was bitten by a severed rattlesnake head.

Jennifer Sutcliffe's husband was reportedly bitten by the beheaded snake on May 27 at his home near Lake Corpus Christi. The man decapitated it with a shovel and later bent down to get the snake when the severed head bit him - twice.

In fact, there have been previous [to 2014] reports, including in the USA, of people being bitten by the severed heads of snakes.

"They HALO-Flighted him into the hospital", Sutcliffe said, explaining she could not get to the emergency room quickly enough so met with an ambulance en-route.

Sutcliffe said the first 24 hours after the bite were the worst. Doctors told her her husband might not make it, even after giving him huge amounts of anti-venom.

"A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of anti-venom", the wife said. He's now in stable condition at Spohn.

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"There are about 6,000 to 8,000 snake bites per year in the country, and 10 to 12 people die", he said.

A rattlesnake can still bite and release venom after its death because of a reflex action.

"No, you don't want to do any of that", Halpert said. Yes, it happened. Not only that, he also needed 26 doses of anti-venom to avert the damages caused by the snake's poison.

A snake can still bite and release venom for up to several hours after it has been decapitated.

She said her husband has thought about that Sunday morning and talks about wishing he could go back and do just one thing differently.

Experts recommend against attempting to kill a poisonous snake and advise it is best to move away and allow the reptile to retreat.

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