In case you needed it, let the case of Austin Hatfield, Florida teenager, be a reminder not to handle venomous snakes.
Back in 2015, Hatfield was apparently quite fond of handling snakes, even posting photos of them to Facebook.
But that habit would really come around to bite him — literally.
Apparently, the attack occurred when Hatfield put the snake on his chest, then the snake lunged at him, biting him right on the mouth, causing his face to swell within seconds.
After several rounds of anti-venom treatments, Hatfield was on his way to recovery.
The snake, however, did not get off so lucky — it had to be euthanized so doctors could know precisely what kind of venom to treat, according to Fox 13.
Florida law strictly prohibits the handling, caging, and transportation of venomous reptiles without a license.
According to The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, they are not usually dangerous, but should still be avoided.
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