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Water Moccasin Bites Man on Face in Florida

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 05:38 PM

A venomous water moccasin snake bit a Florida man in the face Saturday, but he is expected to survive.

The water moccasin had been in a pillowcase at the home of 18-year-old Austin Hatfield, who was bitten on the lips, WFTS-TV reported.

According to The Tampa Tribune, the snake, also known as a cottonmouth, had escaped the pillowcase and slithered across Hatfield’s stomach late Saturday night. He was bitten when he tried to recapture the reptile.

Hatfield captured the snake in his girlfriend’s yard in Wimauma, Florida, WTVT-TV reported.

His friend, Jason Belcher, told the station Hatfield had removed the snake from the pillowcase when the incident occurred.

"He took it out, put it on his chest and it was acting funny, and it jumped up and got him," Belcher said. "He ripped it off his face, threw it on the ground and he started swelling up immediately. It was pretty frightening. We've done a lot of stuff together. This is the one thing that scared me the most."

Hatfield’s condition was upgraded from critical to good after several antivenin treatments, the station reported.

Hatfield could face charges because he didn’t have a permit to have the venomous water moccasin at his home, WTVR-TV reported.

The snake was euthanized for identification.

Alfred Aleguas, the managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center, said bites from water moccasins, which are not common to that part of Florida, are rare.

“Don’t play with them. Don’t handle them,” Aleguas told the station. “Don’t do anything. Stay away from — leave them alone. They’ll leave you alone.”

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