Firefighter bitten by decapitated rattlesnake

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — A Tennessee firefighter is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a snake he decapitated.

According to WSMV,  Kyle Watson was on a hiking trail with his wife and two children when he came upon a young rattlesnake.  He said he was concerned that hikers would be in danger with the snake so close to the trail.

“It was a juvenile timber rattler.  So, I decided to cut the head off the snake, with a kayak paddle,” Watson told WSMV.

When he was unable to pick the snake’s head up with the paddle, he said he used his hand.

“The head turned and struck me on the finger.  It latched on, and I slung it off,” said Watson.  “It took about 10 seconds for the burning sensation to start shooting through my arm … within 60 seconds, I was unconscious … fell there on the trail and hit the back of my head on a rock.”

Watson was taken by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital, where he continues to get anti-venom treatment.

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