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Firefighter bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake's head

Post by Bryan Hamilton » November 18th, 2016, 11:01 am

http://www.timesunion.com/news/nation-w ... 606017.php
WILDLIFE
Snake bites man — after decapitation
Published: Friday, November 11, 2016
A Tennessee firefighter received a rattlesnake bite after chopping off the reptile's head.

Kyle Watson of Columbia, Tenn., was hiking with his wife and two children Sunday when they saw a young timber rattlesnake.

Watson chopped off the snake's head using a kayak paddle, then tried to pick up the head using the paddle blade. He wanted to show it to his kids, he said.

After failing to lift it with the paddle, he picked up the head with his hands, and the decapitated head bit him.

"The head turned and struck me on the finger. It latched on, and I slung it off," Watson said. "It took about 10 seconds for the burning sensation to start shooting through my arm, and then within 60 seconds I was unconscious and fell, there on the trail, and hit the back of my head on a rock."

The family was miles away from a hospital, but local firefighters and EMS workers arrived quickly and took him to an emergency room.

Watson is receiving anti-venom serum and should be released by week's end.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, between 8,000 and 10,000 people report snakebites nationally every year. Around a dozen are fatal (Darla Guillen, AP/Albany Times Union, Nov. 11).

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Post by Calfirecap » November 18th, 2016, 5:20 pm

Natural Selection...

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Post by Fieldnotes » November 23rd, 2016, 11:13 am

Sounds like Karma bit him in the asz, that is if you consider the finger his asz. On nature trail—I'm assuming to see nature with family. Then comes murder, venom, rocks, and blood... awesome learning experience for children. I really am tired and angered by assaults on Mother Nature simply due to one's ignorance and fear.


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Post by BillMcGighan » November 24th, 2016, 6:25 am

What goes around, comes around.


Added consideration, a 12 year old who finds a Ratsnake in his yard, keeps it to observe and learn, has broken Tennessee law. Had this guy been allowed to keep and understand these creatures better as a kid, very possibly he, his family, and the snake may have been spared the trauma.

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Post by Fieldnotes » November 24th, 2016, 10:13 am

...So true

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Post by Tamara D. McConnell » November 24th, 2016, 2:40 pm

Agreed, Bill. Very much so.

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Post by Coluber Constrictor » November 24th, 2016, 8:00 pm

i don't understand why these macho, square-headed freaks do this. kill a snake because it is "dangerous," then proceed to play with the dangerous end of it and wonder why they got bit. how dumb you got to be, man?!? :x :crazyeyes:

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