Severed rattlesnake head bites Texas man

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A Texas man learned the hard way that a headless rattlesnake is still very, very risky.

The victim's wife, Jennifer Sutcliffe, said that her husband decapitated the four-foot serpent with a shovel while working in the garden at their home near Corpus Christi.

Her husband quickly attacked the venomous snake with a shovel, cutting off the head. He immediately began having seizures, lost his vision and experienced internal bleeding.

Jennifer Sutcliffe told local news station KIIITV that her husband is now in a weak but stable condition, with limited kidney function. "A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom". According to reports, the man from Texas required 26 doses of anti-venom after the snakebite.

She said hospital officials told her he might not survive, even though he received 26 doses of antivenom.

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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With six rattlesnake species native to Texas, not to mention all the state's copperheads, this may serve as an important cautionary tale for other homeowners who may be faced with a venomous snake on their property.

A Texan man was told by doctors he might not live after being bitten by a severed rattlesnake head.

First aid advice for snake bites includes keeping the patient as still as possible, applying a pressure bandage to the wound and using a splint if bitten on an arm or leg.

If you're bitten by a rattlesnake, don't attempt to suck out the venom.

"There are about 6,000 to 8,000 snake bites per year in the country, and 10 to 12 people die", he said. Trauma surgeon Michael Halpert said although dying from a snake bite is rare, it happens.

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