‘Hey dude, watch this!’ That was probably not one of his best ideas.
TAMPA (FOX 13) – A Florida teenager is recovering after being bitten in the face by a water moccasin.
The bite happened last Saturday, according to investigators with Florida Fish and Wildlife, two days after Austin Hatfield, 18, captured it in his girlfriend’s yard in Wimauma.
One of Hatfield’s friends, Jason Belcher, was there when it happened. Belcher said the snake was initially in a pillow case.
“He took it out, put it on his chest and it was acting funny, and it jumped up and got him,” he said.
The snake lunged at Hatfield, biting him on his mouth.
“He ripped it off his face, threw it on the ground and he started swelling up immediately,” Belcher said. “It was pretty frightening. We’ve done a lot of stuff together. This is the one thing that scared me the most.”
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