Severed rattlesnake head bites man who decapitated it

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

But there's a downside to severing the head of a rattlesnake, which one fella in Corpus Christi learned the hard way recently: Just because a rattler's head is severed doesn't mean it can't still bite you.

The man was tending to his garden in Lake Corpus Christi with his wife when they noticed a 1.2m rattlesnake by her feet. Upon spotting a four-foot rattlesnake, the man (unnamed in media reports) severed its head with a shovel.

A man is still recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake, even after the snake had already been beheaded. He immediately began having seizures, lost his vision and experienced internal bleeding.

The hospital staff had to mix the antivenom, but Jennifer said in the meantime, her husband's body was shutting down. It was an hour away, Sutcliffe told The Washington Post.

Mrs Sutcliffe said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, where a normal patient gets two to four doses.

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

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The key to surviving a snakebite, says Halpert, is to get medical help immediately if not sooner; nearly all victims of fatal snakebites in recent years died, at least in part, because they either refused medical treatment or didn't get it soon enough.

"No, you don't want to do any of that", he explained.

Her husband, who has not been named, decapitated the snake with a shovel, but that wasn't the end.

Dying from a snake bite is rare, Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon in Corpus Christi, told KIII.

Doctors initially thought the attack might be fatal but he is now in a stable condition after being given 26 doses of an expensive anti-venom.

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