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Monday, April 9, 2012

Decapitated snake bites man, hospitalized

There are 100's of different poisonous snakes in the United States, and every year thousands are hospitalized due to snake bites. But those hospitalized are normally bitten by live fully in-tacked snakes, but one Alabama man is poisoned by a severed head.

41-year-old James McMahon is a homeless man in Mobile, dealing with stray snakes is a normal part of everyday life in the homeless encampment were he lives. A cottonmouth snake had made its way into the encampment from a near by creek, the residents cut the snakes head off to avoid falling victim to the predators deadly bite.

But not everyone knew to take it as serious, and that snake heads can live longer when removed from their body.

McMahon then began to playing with the severed head of the cottonmouth, when he put his finger into the snakes mouth it triggered a reflex, and that's when the not completely dead snake head bit down on his finger.

EMTs were called immediately, but McMahon was scared and hid from them refusing to come out until they left. But once McMahon began to show the effects of the venom paramedics returned to take him to the emergency room.

He was treated at the University of Southern Alabama Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. He was later released and able to return to the encampment. The Snake wasn't so lucky, he died on scene. 

Alex Webb

1 comment:

  1. Great post, but snakes aren't actually poisonous they are venomous.