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Old 08-10-07, 09:38 AM
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Beheaded rattlesnake bites man

Beheaded rattlesnake sends man to hospital
Rural Washington man thinks he’s killed the reptile and is then bitten by it
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PROSSER, Wash. - Turns out, even beheaded rattlesnakes can be dangerous.

That’s what 53-year-old Danny Anderson learned as he was feeding his horses Monday night, when a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his central Washington property, about 50 miles southeast of Yakima.

Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and cut off its head with a shovel. A few more strikes to the head left it sitting under a pickup truck.

“When I reached down to pick up the head, it raised around and did a backflip almost, and bit my finger,” Anderson said. “I had to shake my hand real hard to get it to let loose.”

Venom was spreading
His wife insisted they go to the hospital, and by the time they arrived at Prosser Memorial Hospital 10 minutes later, Anderson’s tongue was swollen and the venom was spreading. He then was taken by ambulance 30 miles to a Richland hospital to get the full series of six shots he needed.

The snake head ended up in the bed of his pickup, and Anderson landed in the hospital until Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Livingston, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, said the area where the Anderson’s live is near prime snake habitat. But he said he had never heard of anyone being bit by a decapitated snake before.

“That’s really surprising but that’s an important thing to tell people,” he said. “It may have been just a reflex on the part of the snake.”

If another rattlesnake comes along, Anderson said he’ll likely try to kill it again, but said he’ll grab a shovel and bury it right there.

“It still gives me the creeps to think that son-o*******un could do that,” he said.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20212558/

Filed on MSNBC's site under "Animal Peculiarity."
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"Duh!"
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He had a shovel, yet he reached down to pick up the head?
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I think the sight of a disembodied snake head flipping into the air to bite me would haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.
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What was he going to do with the head once he picked it up?
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Originally Posted by Breakfast with Girls
He had a shovel, yet he reached down to pick up the head?
That'd scare the crap out of me, it's frightening without even seeing it! But, no kidding, I wouldn't be picking it up with anything but the shovel!
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Originally Posted by Draven
I think the sight of a disembodied snake head flipping into the air to bite me would haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.


No kidding.
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Uh...duh. This is one of the first things you learn about rattlesnakes and how not to be bitten by them.
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Video? Just kidding.

Seriously, though, that's some freaky shit. At least he got one last good strike in.
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A snake is no different than the killer in a movie. They ALWAYS come back.
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Snakes rule I'm glad the guy is ok.

Let's see your goofball dogs and cats do that after getting their heads chopped.
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I heard a doctor that is a venom expert in AZ (on Discovery or TLC) say that a large percentage of rattlesnake bites are from dead snakes.
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Originally Posted by Cusm
I heard a doctor that is a venom expert in AZ (on Discovery or TLC) say that a large percentage of rattlesnake bites are from dead snakes.
zOMBie SnaKES!!!

-scared-
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Originally Posted by Draven
I think the sight of a disembodied snake head flipping into the air to bite me would haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.
Yup. It really shakes your faith in death as a means of vanquishing your enemies. You can't count on anything, anymore.

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Originally Posted by Mopower
What was he going to do with the head once he picked it up?
Eat it.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
What was he going to do with the head once he picked it up?

$100 bucks says he was going to chase his son around with it.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
$100 bucks says he was going to chase his son around with it.
I kinda thought that was funny until I thought back to my childhood. My father used to coil the dead snakes from our farm on my side of the truck so that when we'd go to work I'd find a nice little treat now and then. I was already afraid of snakes growing up and that certainly did not help.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
$100 bucks says he was going to chase his son around with it.


Speaking of which, given the location where this guy lived, I've been waiting for KVRDave to chime in and say this is one of his poker buddies.
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Mike Livingston, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, said the area where the Anderson’s live is near prime snake habitat. But he said he had never heard of anyone being bit by a decapitated snake before.
Sounds like this "biologist" should find another line of work. Who doesn't know that a decapitated rattler can still bite you?! I mean besides this fool and the guy that picked up the head.

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Old wife's tale: Rattlesnakes are capable of biting after they are killed until the sun sets.

Doesn't seem so far fetched now.
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We used to hunt rattlesnakes and eat them. Once we put a head in an empty baby food jar right after cutting it off. The mouth opened and closed for several hours. I'm sure it was capable of injecting poison the whole time.
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Originally Posted by nicnic
We used to hunt rattlesnakes and eat them. Once we put a head in an empty baby food jar right after cutting it off. The mouth opened and closed for several hours. I'm sure it was capable of injecting poison the whole time.
Damn, were your brothers named Leatherface and Chop Top?
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When I was little my mom told me about a copperhead that she had killed, when she was young, that was still attempting to bite at anything that came near it after it was decapitated. I laughed at her and thought she was dumb.
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If only the son had been killing chickens at the same time. We could have had a rattlesnake-headed chicken zombie running around. How's that for nightmarish?
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Sounds like this "biologist" should find another line of work. Who doesn't know that a decapitated rattler can still bite you?! I mean besides this fool and the guy that picked up the head.


not to say i would have picked it up with my hand....but then i'm a pussy.

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