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Man Bitten by Rattlesnake at Wal-Mart Says He's Never Been More Scared
MYNorthwest ^ | May 14, 2012

Posted on 05/15/2012 11:00:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway

He thought it was a stick, but an Eastern Washington man painfully discovered it was actually a rattlesnake in the gardening aisle of the Wal-Mart in Clarkston when it bit his hand.

Mica Craig said he was looking for mulch for his medical marijuana growing operation when he reached down. Suddenly, the snake latched on to his hand and wouldn't let go.

"It's the most scared I've ever been in my life. When I shook it and heard the rattles, I knew it was a rattlesnake and then I freaked. I was screaming bloody murder through the parking lot," he told Dori in an interview from his hospital bed in Lewiston, Idaho.

Craig says he stomped the snake to death and then began to worry about the venom coursing through his hand.

Luckily, a woman who saw the bite acted fast.

"She grabbed me and threw me in my car and headed me to urgent care, which was right across the street, but they don't take snake bite victims."

The ordeal continued after getting diverted to the emergency room. His hand hadn't swelled because he iced the bite wound, so doctors told him not to worry about it and sent him home. Soon after, his hand swelled up "the size of a grapefruit."

After returning to the hospital, he was rushed to treatment, where doctors administered anti-venom and cut open his hand to relieve the swelling.

"As of right now, my little finger doesn't move at all and my ring finger barely moves. I'm hoping it's just swelling."

But Craig told Dori he is worried about long term damage.

"I'm just hoping that my hand works."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: comedyoferrors

1 posted on 05/15/2012 11:00:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"...he was looking for mulch for his medical marijuana growing operation..."

And that little factoid it relevant to the story because.....?

2 posted on 05/15/2012 11:05:22 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway

good scam..... worth money...


3 posted on 05/15/2012 11:06:50 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: nickcarraway
He thought it was a stick, but an Eastern Washington man painfully discovered it was actually a rattlesnake in the gardening aisle of the Wal-Mart in Clarkston when it bit his hand.

Mica Craig said he was looking for mulch for his medical marijuana growing operation ....

It's hard to tell the difference between a stick and a snake when you're stoned.

4 posted on 05/15/2012 11:08:52 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: hosepipe

Wouldn’t it have worked better if he got bitten by a cobra at Costco?


5 posted on 05/15/2012 11:11:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The anti venom is very expensive.

6 posted on 05/15/2012 11:11:25 PM PDT by I see my hands (If you say what you think then no one will like you.)
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To: nickcarraway

His hand hadn’t swelled because he iced the bite wound, so doctors told him not to worry about it and sent him home.


I find that hard to believe.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 11:21:58 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Windflier

I would think it would mean he could pay cash for his treatment if the nimrod doctors had a clue about snakebites. Cannot believe they sent this man home without recognizing or realizing the type of bites he’d suffered. I would think the man told them about the rattles. At least they had anti-venom on hand (no pun intended).


8 posted on 05/15/2012 11:22:01 PM PDT by miele man
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To: nickcarraway

Hello lawsuit


9 posted on 05/15/2012 11:29:55 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Windflier

Too much personal information heh...


10 posted on 05/15/2012 11:31:43 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: nickcarraway

hey, they good news is it was a rattle snake.

less than 10 people die a year from snake bites.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 11:45:36 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Windflier

“Mica Craig said he was looking for mulch for his medical marijuana growing operation when he reached down”

Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Durs a perty stick dur ah think I’ll pick it up....

AAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Dur perty stick did bited me!


12 posted on 05/15/2012 11:56:05 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: nickcarraway
The snake was obviously upset too.

It may have something to do with how often someone sees various critters, I can't imagine mistaking a rattler for a stick.

13 posted on 05/16/2012 12:07:02 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Perhaps he was stoned and that’s why he thought the snake was a stick.


14 posted on 05/16/2012 12:11:30 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: nickcarraway
We went to CO National Monument last year and my son yells in a non afraid fashion, "Hey, I've found a baby rattler!" I was kind of blowing him off, but we went to check it out. Sure enough, in the near dark, he found a baby rattler.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 12:26:58 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: miele man

Rattlesnakes are not around here in Western Washington State.
I am guessing the doctor’s there are not familiar with snake bites.


16 posted on 05/16/2012 1:11:52 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
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To: unkus
His hand hadn’t swelled because he iced the bite wound, so doctors told him not to worry about it and sent him home.

I find that hard to believe.

Believe it. I went to a VA hospital with a severely infected big toe made more serious by diabetes. I was given oral antibiotics and sent home. The next day the infection had entered my foot. I went to another hospital where they amputated my toe the next day, as a doc put it, "to save the leg."

17 posted on 05/16/2012 1:31:46 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Windflier

He undoubtedly sampled his own product before his shopping trip. Shouldn’t shop with impaired judgement, eh ?


18 posted on 05/16/2012 1:55:36 AM PDT by Kellis91789 (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.)
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To: entropy12
Rattlesnakes - Eastern Washington
19 posted on 05/16/2012 2:12:21 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: nickcarraway
"Wouldn’t it have worked better if he got bitten by a cobra at Costco?"

...as in...a clutch of King cobras catty-corner to condiments and canned corn, concluding in a concussive, cascading cacaphony and carnage before consulting care?

20 posted on 05/16/2012 2:26:40 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline
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21 posted on 05/16/2012 2:33:50 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Back in college we were working in the desert and got a truck stuck in a wash. As we went to find sticks to shove under the tires in the loose sand my last comment was “Don’t pick up a rattler thinking it’s a stick!”
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I turned from the truck and saw a good-sized stick 20 feet away. After a few more steps I realized it was a rattler laid out in the sun! (But agreed - I figured it out before I tried to pick it up).


22 posted on 05/16/2012 2:45:12 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: meadsjn

Every once in awhile you’ll read about a rattlesnake in Western Washington. Usually in association with a farm that just got a truckload of hay delivered from Eastern Washington!


23 posted on 05/16/2012 2:47:12 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: miele man
25% of venomous snake bites are dry bites, snake holds back on releasing the poison since people are generally not on the menu. I did date a mousy woman once in college, but even she was too large to consume.

Most recommend 6 hr observation of bite victim before the all clear is given. Some delayed reactions occur.

THe Snake Doctor

I treated 5 snake bites the summer after the TN flood in a two month period. We usually only see about one every other year.

24 posted on 05/16/2012 2:56:17 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Dusty Road
I knew there was a good reason for me to buy my pump 12 gauge.
25 posted on 05/16/2012 3:35:57 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: nickcarraway
♪ ♫ ♬ Rattler at Walmart, Cobra at Bostco ♪ ♫ ♬

There 's a song in there somewhere...

26 posted on 05/16/2012 4:37:42 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: nickcarraway
His hand hadn't swelled because he iced the bite wound, so doctors told him not to worry about it and sent him home.

The lawsuit money should keep him in some high end weed for quite a while.

27 posted on 05/16/2012 4:59:34 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Windflier
"...he was looking for mulch for his medical marijuana growing operation..." And that little factoid it relevant to the story because.....?

Well, he probably didn't know the difference between a snake and a hoe handle ... this explains why he wasn't worried about trying to pick up a rattlesnake. /s

28 posted on 05/16/2012 5:55:26 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: nickcarraway
"He thought he saw a rattlesnake which spoke to him in Greek.
He looked again and saw it was the middle of next week."

--Lewis Carroll

29 posted on 05/16/2012 7:28:31 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Dusty Road
I got two snake stories. I was at home (Mom & Dad's) one weekend back when I was in the Navy, Mom discovered a copperhead trying to get in a crack in the back steps. Told me to get Dad to come kill it. I told Dad, who rushed into the house via the front door. After a few moments he came out with the 12 ga shotgun.

Meanwhile, Mom had gotten a garden hoe, pulled the snake out of the crack and cut its head off.

The other story was from yesterday. My daughter and her friend (11 years old) were playing in the back yard and I was in the garage. I heard screaming, but thought it was just the girls being girls. Until I heard SNAKE!!! I came out of the garage to find my daughter up on the treehouse about to cry and her friend telling her the snake wasn't poisonous.

Sure enough, it was a black snake, about 5 feet long. We watched him slither along the privacy fence, slip under it and disappear. A few minutes later my daughter tells me the snake was trying to get into one of the foundation vents on the house.

I normally wouldn't have killed the snake, as they eat rats and such. But I can't have it under the house. So I got Mom's weapon of choice, the garden hoe, and took care of it.

30 posted on 05/16/2012 7:37:36 AM PDT by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

Thanks. I knew some bites are characterized as “dry” but not as high as a quarter of them. Talk about “bite roulette”.

I watched all of the episodes on the Animal Planet of the Snake Doctor in Loma Linda, California. It was a very informative series. Glad to know that there are “specialists” like this. Are you an ER doc?

Yes, here in Alabama, the snakes come out, or are washed out, in heavy rain periods. I’m amazed there are so few bites when they are out in high numbers. Local TV news just showed a package last week about the high number of rattlers already slithering around in high numbers.


31 posted on 05/16/2012 8:53:04 AM PDT by miele man
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To: Vendome

But 37,500 get bit per year. Your odds are good but im sure its not a fun ordeal.


32 posted on 05/16/2012 9:12:52 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

Oh no, I think about that as well. I am a solo hiker and I have all kinds of useless information to most hikers and the public in general.

Some information is fairly comforting to the first responder, me, myself and I.


33 posted on 05/16/2012 9:21:06 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Kellis91789
He undoubtedly sampled his own product before his shopping trip.

Hadn't thought of that, but you're probably right. Still, the mention about his marijuana growing operation was completely non sequitur to the story.

34 posted on 05/16/2012 12:10:46 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

I think it was included to explain how somebody could mistake a rattlesnake for a stick — then some PC editor trimmed it to eliminate the implication that there is anything wrong with growing marijuana. What was left was the seeming non-sequitur.


35 posted on 05/16/2012 4:28:11 PM PDT by Kellis91789 (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.)
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To: Kellis91789
...some PC editor trimmed it to eliminate the implication that there is anything wrong with growing marijuana. What was left was the seeming non-sequitur.

Precisely. Thanks for putting words to my exact thoughts.

36 posted on 05/16/2012 6:14:30 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: meadsjn

I had forgotten how different is Western Washington than us here around Seattle. It is just too freaking cold and rainy here for rattlers to thrive.


37 posted on 05/16/2012 8:31:36 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
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