Skip to comments.Hunter saves own life after rattlesnake bit him
Posted on 05/02/2013 2:47:58 PM PDT by Kartographer
Chad Cross was hunting for turkey in the woods in Alabama when a venomous pit viper rattlesnake bit him in the lower left leg. Nervous and scared, the Montgomery resident attempted to calm himself and slow his heart rate so as to prevent the quick spreading of the deadly venom throughout his body. He then made a move that saved his life. He pulled out his $10 snake-bite kit. WSFA has the incredible story:
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"Doc says you're gonna die."
Attempting to suck out the venom from a snake bite is a no-no.
Read “The Yearling” for an excellent tip on how to survive rattlesnake bite.
You Beat me to it! lol
He used a snakebite kit which involves suctioning out some of the venom does it not? That site you referenced seems to say do not cut the wound, lie still and wait for help. I know that is oversimplification but that is what I quickly read. It seems he might be dead if he followed that advice. If I misread welcome clarification. Thanks.
LOL Just told that one 2 nights ago.
The Indians used to go to sleep after beng bit, as moving around and a higher heart rate is what kills you. I think attempting to suck out the venom with your mouth is a no no but I don’t knoe about the sucker he had.
I think of that joke every time I hear of a snake bite.
This was a venomous pit viper rattlesnake. Well, all rattlesnakes are pit vipers, and they are also all venomous. If he had just called it a rattlesnake, his heart might have beaten more slowly.
Anyway, he is lucky to be alive. Even very slight rattlesnake bites can be fatal.
I have tons of them. One in each daypack, two in the GOOD pack, just in case the lil Bass turd bites twice or is so Yuge! the fangs are too far separated, requiring two of these things.
Have one in the med kit under the bathroom sink, next to my burn kit.
And a couple under my bed.
I got a problem with impulse buying.
All that said, this guy would have died. He got bit in absolutely the worst spot. Well, maybe not the worst spot, which brings up the cowboy joke. Won’t go there.
Still, less than 10 people die each year from snake bites.
I’m more worried about picking up ticks. Had tick fever once. Sucked. The pills had me sleeping for almost two weeks.
I bought a snake bite kit once. Nothing in it but a set of teeth.
That’s orally but, you should absolutely use this device if you are bit by a snake, stabbed by a hornet or bee.
He would be dead if he just sat there and did nothing.
I'll check this out and get something.
I found a rattlesnake on my back porch one day and beat its head to death and put it in a bottle and it was still alive the next day. Animal dept. person came that day to pick it up and she said even though it was moving it was dead but didn't know it. However, she wasn't going to take it out of that bottle. She took snake in bottle with her.
I will research the best thing for snake bites these days. Here in Texas, we've got rattlesnakes and water moccasins in my area and in west Texas, huge rattlesnakes and I don't know if coral snakes are there.
Someone from west Texas, tell us the ones that are there.
(snicker, snort) Love it.
When I was young, the advice was, make an X incision with a razor blade over the puncture(s) and suck out the venom and if you have the kit that has anti-venom, you were supposed to inject that.
I’m glad they changed the procedure because I knew I was gonna die and it wasn’t because my Indian friend wouldn’t suck out the poison.
I have always heard that if a man is bitten when he is in his twenties and healthy that such a person rarely dies.
OK folks there not many people on this site that have hunted and handled more live rattlers than me. Over the years I’ve been hit 4 times by rattlers, only once was I handling. If you want to try and pull/suck the venom out go ahead but do not cut it! If possible pack with ice and get to the ER, the main thing is get to the ER. I know atleast 50 people that have been hit by rattlers and they’re all still breathing but some have lasting damage. Rattlesnake venom is a hemotoxin and will literaly destroy flesh but the effects can be slowed down with antivenom, get it as quick as you can.
Someone from my hometown posted a picture on Facebook of a snake they killed. The rattlesnake was nearly 10’ long, had 20 rattles. It was huge. Luckily they got it before it got them. I do not like those things at all. Glad this person survived.
While copperhead bites are usually nonlethal, they will make you pretty sick. This was a three-footer and I was almost four miles from the trailhead. It would not have been a fun trek out of there.
We have timber rattlers and copperheads here in north Jersey, and no recorded case of a person dying from a bite (ever). Usually the snakes try to avoid you (feeling your vibrations in the ground as you approach), but the problems are 1) copperheads are thick, slow snakes - they have a hard time getting out of the way in time - and 2) people rock-climbing reach up where they can’t see, and disturb timber rattlers sunning themselves on the rocks. Many people don’t realize that poisonous snakes can give a “dry bite” (non-venomous); the venom is a digestive aid, and SUPPOSEDLY they wouldn’t waste it on something they can’t eat (because they have to take time producing more). In any case, I think it helps if you keep the bitten area below the level of your heart; I’d also use an “almost-tourniquet” (not completely cutting off the circulation, but slowing it) if I was simply waiting for an ambulance. As a hiker, I have the kit this guy used, and it is impressive. It works like a syringe but sucks, and comes with different sized “suckers” to best match your bite.
I have a nice picture of a reared-up copperhead on the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River; it despaired of escaping and figured it had a better chance fighting.
“If possible pack with ice and get to the ER,”
Yes, use ice, go to emergency room. If I had the extractor I’d use it fast, then ice clamped on it, then take off to ER.
The bottom line to this was known long ago. Keep calm and get to an emergency room as fast as you can. There is nothing you can do in the field that is better than what they can do.
Also, if at all possible, kill and take the snake with you. Different snakes need different anti-venom. And oddly enough, when rattlesnakes cross breed, they can produce a venom much less resistant to the standard anti-venom for either snake.
I’ve heard numerous times these suction cup don’t offer much help. They probably don’t hurt though. Gives you something to do while trying to calm down.
We have here in my region of California what is known as "The Mojave Green." It injects a combination hemotoxin and neurotoxin. There is an additional problem for victims of that snake's bite in that the proportions of neurotoxin to hemotoxin vary from habitat to habitat. It is best that the treating doctor knows where you were bit.
Reminds me of a story. Ya see there were these two good ole boys out hunting and....well never mind.
So, who’s gonna be the one to post the whole thing?
We also have copperheads in Texas.
At least he didn’t say “automatic” venomous pit viper rattlesnake
You CAN suck out the venom because the gastric juices in your
digestive track destroy the venom. However, mechanical suction
devices work much better.
"Kemosabe, doctor say... you gonna die--"
Cliff, old buddy, the doc says for me to drink this bloody mary... before I tell you that you're going to die.
Frank, I love ya, old sport... but doc says you're going to die.
Miles, I called my doctor in St Olaf... and he says you're going to die.
Tiger, the doctors says... you're going to die.
Oberst Klink, sagt der Arzt... dass du gehst zu sterben.
Clyde says... you're going to die.
Survey says... you're going to die.
Mongo may be only pawn in game of love, but even he know... you're going to die!
Yep, big, I've got a cheddar headache and you're... going to die.
I don't give a damn what the court-martial finds my punishment is... Steve Maryk is going to die!
Bill, the doc says... you're going to die.
Walter, you're... going to die--
Bendy, this is your lucky day! You're... NOT going to die!
I think they say that to stop people from trying to suck it out with their mouths, because it’s just going to poison two people when they do that.
You straight people are kinda kinky that way....heh
W. C. Fields
” she said even though it was moving it was dead but didn’t know it.”
It’s amazing how long some things can “move” after they are technically dead. You can behead a cockroach, and the body will run around for a week just on reflexes until the body basically starves.
Yeah, but the venom destroys tissue, so it might still do a number on your mouth & throat, I imagine. Plus, if you had a cut in your mouth, you’d be in big trouble.
Ditto that here in the Coachella Valley...a couple of summers ago I'd just finished hacking a Western Diamondback in the front yard when wifey came thru the house and advised me there was another hissing in the back.
He got into a position where I couldn't get the Mutt-hoe on him, so I called Animal Control.
Making a long story short, the guy showed up in the front, eyeballing the Western and started in with the usual "Rattlesnakes are our friends" BS while we walked around back.....he spied the second culprit and yelled, "Sh*t!! That's a Mohave!! If you ever see one, kill it!!"
WOW! That is a lot of poisonous snakes. What region of the country.
I can think of some circumstances where it may be appropriate:
Tony Romo....sorry, Jerra...but you gonna die, boy!
They guy says, “I don't feel lucky”.
A rattlesnake will not kill a full grown adult. There is more loss of life and limb from people doing crazy things to try to remove or stop the spread of venom. The only thing to do is stay calm and seek medical care. Period.
The only snake in the US that will kill a healthy adult is a coral snake. All the rest may make you sick and cause pain, but will not kill. More life and limb has been lost from people doing crazy things after being bitten than from the bites themselves. In addition, at least with rattlesnakes, only a third of bites involve any venom as all. I treat multiple rattlesnake bites every spring. If bitten stay calm and seek medical care.
“It is best that the treating doctor knows where you were bit.”
Absilutely; I read in one hiking manual that you should bring the dead snake (if able). Never read that anywhere else; I’ve left them alone when I see them (except for pictures), but I’d feel really bad if someone was bitten by one I’d passed earlier in the day.
Most of our snakes here in NJ are harmless; the copperheads and rattlers are found in the higher elevations to the north and northwest (which aren’t very populated - former mining areas turned to parkland and such).