This is a good lesson of what not to do with a pet rattlesnake.
An Oregon man, Matt Wilkinson, almost died after putting his eastern diamondback rattlesnake’s head down his throat, while he was drinking with some friends (alcohol and snakes do not mix). He said he immediately noticed a shot like sensation in his mouth when the snake bit him.
Within seconds, Wilkinson’s tongue and throat began to swell and close as the snake’s poison rushed through his body. His airway was also being cut off.
Doctors stuck a breathing tube down his throat, and injected several doses of anti-venin to combat the toxins. He was put in a medical coma for three days.
After three weeks, Wilkinson, who nearly died from the incident, is still recovering from the bite. Doctors said that if he would have taken any longer to get to the hospital, Wilkinson would probably have died of asphyxiation.
“They said I had enough venom in me to kill between 12 and 15 people,” Wilkinson said.
He added: “I still love snakes but I will take a little more care in handling them. It is kind of my own stupid fault.”