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Miramar Man in Nightmarish Pain Months After Coral Snake's Bite
NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Jan 25, 2013 | Christina Hernandez

Posted on 01/27/2013 12:27:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

Bob Hughson offered a warning to everyone in South Florida

More than five months after a snake bit Bob Hughson, he is still suffering.

“I couldn’t get the snake off of me,” Hughson said. “He was on me and you could see his head going back and forth, pumping venom into me.”

The Miramar man said from his hospital bed that since he was bitten by a Coral snake in August, his left leg has been swollen, his ankle barely moves, and his toes are constantly curled. All of that caused him to fall last week, leading to multiple fractures in his right leg.

Now, Hughson can't even walk.

“It’s devastating and has devastated my leg,” he said.

After he was bitten, he needed 10 vials of anti-venom and was in excruciating pain. Now, he is calling his pain “a nightmare,” but fought through it to tell his story exclusively to NBC 6. He said he did it to offer a warning to everyone in South Florida.

“Leave snakes alone,” Hughson said. “Whether it’s ‘red and yellow kill a fellow,’ ‘red and black friend of Jack.’ They’re animals. They’re to be left alone.”


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1 posted on 01/27/2013 12:27:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It would take a big Coral Snake to latch on to a leg like that.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 12:32:48 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
There can't be that much Coral Snake antivenin left. IIRC, the last batch made had an expiration date of 10/31/08. The FDA has extended the expiration date on an annual basis each year since then.
3 posted on 01/27/2013 12:38:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

The quote is not “red and yellow” it is “red on yellow” in other words red ring with yellow on each side. Red surrounded by black is the king snake.

Coral snakes do have red yellow and black.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 12:42:36 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I caught and sold a lot of them for antivenin production but the government red tape got too heavy to unravel.

Many years ago I could just walk in to the gator farm and sell all I could catch, but those days are long gone.

5 posted on 01/27/2013 12:42:36 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Another nonsense story.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 1:01:22 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: nickcarraway
“Leave snakes alone,” Hughson said. “Whether it’s ‘red and yellow kill a fellow,’ ‘red and black friend of Jack.’ They’re animals. They’re to be left alone.”

This guy is nuts. I'd kill venomous snakes on sight if they showed up on my property.

7 posted on 01/27/2013 1:15:26 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: nickcarraway

My rule, give snakes a lot of space !


8 posted on 01/27/2013 1:51:26 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: nickcarraway

My theory is that if I leave them all alone, it will greatly reduce my chances of getting bitten.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 3:58:41 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

My sister had one swimming in her pool a couple of years back. Scared her good. Luckily he did not get to bite her.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 9:00:53 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: CORedneck

My wife’s rule is : “chop, chop, chop........all of ‘em”


11 posted on 01/28/2013 8:38:11 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: nickcarraway
“I couldn’t get the snake off of me,” Hughson said. “He was on me and you could see his head going back and forth, pumping venom into me.”

This is why his bite was so bad. He didn't immediately pull it off his leg. Oh, and I don't think they pump venom, so to speak, like a rattlesnake. Their fangs are very small and need to chew for awhile to deliver a lot of venom. I live in North Florida, and have seen half a dozen over the years, so they are state wide. Had a dog bit by a small rattler, other than that, no casualties, but the danger is there. Almost stepped on two of the ones I've seen.
12 posted on 01/28/2013 8:56:17 AM PST by ZX12R
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