A Texas man is still in recovery a week-and-a-half after he was bitten by a rattlesnake he had already beheaded.
Jennifer Sutcliffe's husband was reportedly bitten by the beheaded snake on May 27 at his home near Lake Corpus Christi. Sutcliffe says her husband quickly took his shovel and cut off the snake's head. Snakes can still bite and inject venom for up to two hours after being decapitated.
According to the station, the man immediately began having seizures, lost his vision and began experiencing internal bleeding.
But his condition deteriorated so badly that an ambulance had to meet him en route, and he was later life-flighted to a hospital.
"A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom", his wife said.
More than a week later, the man is in stable condition, but still showing signs of weakened kidney function due to the shocking bite.More news: Apple Announces macOS 10.14 Mojave With Dark Mode, Dynamic Desktop, Stacks, More
He was eventually airlifted to Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, she said.
"I heard him screaming that it had bit him", said Jennifer, who was in the house at the time. "He got all of the snake's venom in the bite". In fact, he said, "If you left the dead head there long enough the venom would degrade".
The Australian man from the Queensland town of Bundaberg was raking leaves in his yard with his toddler granddaughter when he spotted the snake.
For venomous snakes, such as cobras and rattlesnakes, biting is one of the reflexes that can be activated in the brain even hours after the animal dies, Beaupré told Live Science. He's now in stable condition.