The rattlesnake was decapitated. Its head still bit a man

The rattlesnake was decapitated. Its head still bit a man

"My husband came over and grabbed a shovel and cut off the head", Jennifer said.

The Australian man from the Queensland town of Bundaberg was raking leaves in his yard with his toddler granddaughter when he spotted the snake.

"Since there is no body, it released all its venom into him at that point, so he had a lot of venom", Sutcliffe told the station, explaining she had driven her husband to hospital following the bite.

"The head end of a cut-up rattlesnake can continue to function, including the venom glands, for a long time afterward", anti-venom doctor Leslie Boyer told Gizmodo. And though there are about 7-8,000 snake bites from venomous snakes in the US each year, only about 10-12 of them, on average, result in fatalities, says trauma surgeon Michael Halpert.

Jennifer, who is a nurse, immediately got Jeremy into the vehicle and dialed 911 to figure out which of the local hospitals had antivenin.

Jennifer immediately got Jeremy into the vehicle and called 911 to figure out what local hospital had antivenom. Dr. Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, said although dying from a snakebite is rare, it happens.

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Jeremy was then put into an induced coma and placed on a ventilator. His organs had started shutting down, his wife said. Once there, doctors administered massive amounts of the antivenom CroFab, but for the first 24 hours, they still weren't sure whether or not he'd make it. "As a nurse, knowing what they were talking about was scary".

However, he is still experiencing weak kidney function more than a week after the incident. And when he went to pick up the severed head, it sank its fangs into his flesh and released a near deadly dose of venom.

"A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom", Sutcliffe said.

Experts recommend against attempting to kill a poisonous snake and advise it is best to move away and allow the reptile to retreat.

A man has almost died after being bitten by a snake that he had just beheaded with a shovel. "They get real snappy in the throes of death".

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