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5037RE: [NUTS] Even dead snakes can be deadly

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  • Warren Harding
    Aug 9, 2007

      That was a reflex.  Many people have made the mistake of accidently piercing their skin with dead rattlesnake fangs and ending up in the hospital.  The younger the snake the more poisonous the venom.

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      From: "geospyder" <geospyder@...>
      Reply-To: nuts_@yahoogroups.com
      To: <nuts_@yahoogroups.com>,<GBESGeocachers@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [NUTS] Even dead snakes can be deadly
      Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 16:28:10 -0700

      PROSSER, Wash. -- Apparently, even a dead snake can bite.

      A man said he was bitten by the decapitated head of a rattlesnake on his property near Prosser, Wash.

      Danny Anderson and his son saw the 5-foot rattler Monday evening while feeding horses.

      They pinned it with a pipe and cut off its head with a shovel.

      When Anderson reached down to pick it up, he said, the snake head twisted around and bit his index finger.

      In the 10 minutes it took to reach Prosser Memorial Hospital, the venom spread through his body and his tongue had already started to swell.

      He was treated with shots at the hospital.

      A state Fish and Wildlife Department biologist said it's possible the snake had the heat-sensing ability to make one last attack -- or it may have been a reflex.

       

      Jim (geospyder)

       




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