When you kill a snake, it is supposed to stay dead, right?
That wasn’t the case in Texas, where a man was bitten by a decapitated snake a full 10 minutes after he had killed it.
Seeing a snake in Texas is nothing out of the ordinary.
That is exactly what happened to man and his wife while she was working in the garden.
Upon seeing the snake, the woman, Jennifer Sutcliffe, let out a cry and her husband, Jeremy, came running.
In a moment of pure chivalry, he took off the head of the snake and left it for dead.
When he went to pick up the snake 10 minutes later to dispose of it, the zombie apocalypse snake sunk its fangs into his hand.
Jeremy reportedly started having seizures and eventually slipped into a coma.
After responders arrived, Mr. Sutcliffe was airlifted to a local hospital, where he was given 26 doses of CroFab, an anti-venom treatment.
Luckily, he ended up pulling through.
The obvious question remains: how did the snake bite him if it had been killed?
According to authorities, snakes can still strike even hours after they are “dead.”
They also warned against trying to kill them yourself, especially in this manner.
“It’s cruel to the animal and it leaves you with a smaller piece that’s venomous to pick up,” anti-venom researcher, Dr. Leslie Boyer of the University of Arizona, said.
That little tidbit of information would have served Jeremy a bit better prior to his chivalrous act.
The best thing to do if you see a snake, especially if you are not sure if it is poisonous or not, leave the area and call the local animal control.
Give the snake as much room as possible and calmly walk in the other direction.
Snakes cannot hear, but they can feel vibrations and will often move away from loud noises.
So, in a pinch, scream as loud as possible, or use a piece of machinery (like a mower) to create noise, in hopes that the snake will look for an escape route from the noise.
If bitten, call 911 immediately, even if you think the bite is from a non-poisonous snake.
As this story alludes, better safe than sorry.