MAY 18, 2017 7:51 AM PDT

Florida Man Bit by Rattlesnake While Attempting to "Kiss" it

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Rattlesnakes are known to be dangerous animals; ask just about anyone on the street if they would confront or even get close to a rattlesnake, and just about everyone would say 'no' because it’s common knowledge that they're both aggressive and venomous.

Rattlesnakes can be told apart from other species by the rattle-shaped tail.

Image Credit: Ana_M/Pixabay

With that in mind, it’s somewhat hard to understand why someone would go as far as to try to kiss one, just as a man from Florida did. As you can probably imagine, things didn’t end very well for him.

According to several reports, a man by the name of Ron Reinold was said to have been playing with the snake, being dim and silly on Tuesday, when he finally decided that he would try his luck even further.

"Ron was just acting silly, you know?" witness Charles Goff said in a statement. "I guess he said he could kiss the devil and get away with it, but evidently he didn't.

It was at that moment Reinold extended his neck to kiss the animal and then instantly regretted it; the rattlesnake bit him right in the face.

Related: Blue coral snakes have venom unlike any other snake

Reinold was reportedly airlifted from the scene to a local hospital where he was treated in critical condition. As of Wednesday, he is still recovering from the incident, but he’s expected to survive.

Rattlesnake venom isn’t friendly to the human body. While people rarely die from rattlesnake bites, the venom is highly potent and is a known tissue-destroying toxin linked to complications like necrosis, which can lead to more severe medical complications if not treated immediately.

Related: Can venom be dangerous, helpful, or both?

As for the rattlesnake, it got away and hasn’t been discovered since the incident. It’s unknown where it might be at this point in time, which serves as a fair warning for Florida residents that they should avoid contact with all snakes for their safety.

While Reinold was perhaps just trying to show off and/or be funny, it’s still unknown what would lead him to think that trying to kiss a venomous rattlesnake was a good idea.

If one thing’s for sure, Reinold probably won’t be kissing snakes again any time soon; at least we hope.

Source: CBS News

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 23, 2020
Plants & Animals
Groups Led by Dominant Males Are Less Cooperative
JUL 23, 2020
Groups Led by Dominant Males Are Less Cooperative
When aggressive males led groups of fish in a complex task, those fish did poorly on the task compared to groups led by ...
AUG 07, 2020
Plants & Animals
Do Tasmanian Devils Hold the Key to Tumor Inhibition?
AUG 07, 2020
Do Tasmanian Devils Hold the Key to Tumor Inhibition?
Thanks to a historic cartoon character, Tasmanian devils are commonly regarded as cantankerous and ferocious creatures. ...
AUG 24, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
Vets Warn Against Using CBD for Pets
AUG 24, 2020
Vets Warn Against Using CBD for Pets
As cannabis products have grown in popularity, the stigma around them is falling, while knowledge is increasing. CBD, th ...
SEP 15, 2020
Immunology
Common Spice Relieves Eye Inflammation in Dogs, Human Studies to Follow
SEP 15, 2020
Common Spice Relieves Eye Inflammation in Dogs, Human Studies to Follow
A therapeutic made from turmeric has been shown to help reduce the effects of a painful inflammatory eye condition in do ...
NOV 18, 2020
Plants & Animals
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
NOV 18, 2020
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
From pandemic precautions to televised talent shows, masks are having a moment. Even this bizarre bat species has a buil ...
NOV 18, 2020
Health & Medicine
Rising Temperatures May Increase Tick-Borne Diseases in Humans
NOV 18, 2020
Rising Temperatures May Increase Tick-Borne Diseases in Humans
New research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene warns that climate ...
Loading Comments...