Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head

Erika Holt
June 8, 2018

Mr. Sutcliffe, who's first name has not been released, is a Texas man fighting for his life after being bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake, KGW-TV (Portland) is reporting.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing weekend yard work when she spotted a four-foot rattlesnake. He believed the ordeal was over but, ten minutes later, his picked up the head and it bit him - not knowing that snakes can discharge venom up to an hour after the head is removed. "He had to rip it off". However, when he then bent down to dispose of the reptile, it retaliated - or rather, its severed head did.

He was airlifted from his home near Corpus Christi to hospital where he was treated with the anti-venom CroFab. The venom took effect fast as the man started having seizures, lost his vision and even experienced internal bleeding. After a 2014 incident in China, biologists affirmed that removing the head of a venomous snake doesn't instantly eliminate the threat it poses.

However, he's not out of the woods yet: three weeks after being bitten, he remains hospitalized in stable condition, but his kidney function is still weak.

There are some GRAPHIC headless rattlesnake videos on YouTube, including one showing the body of a rattler still moving after decapitation.

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Dying from a snake bite is rare, Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon in Corpus Christi, told KIII. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he underwent 26 doses of antivenom.

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

A man in Texas has almost died after being bitten by a snake that he had just beheaded with a shovel. He's now in stable condition.

Leslie Boyer, an anti-venom doctor at the University of Arizona VIPER Institute, warned against attempting to kill snakes, particularly by cutting them.

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