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Tennessee Man Survives After Venomous Snake Attacks Him Outside His Home

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 2022-06-27
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A man in East Tennessee is thankful after being bitten by a venomous snake and living to tell the tale.

Jeffrey Wilkins , of Monroe County, said Saturday (June 25) was "a smooth, nice day," even as he mowed his yard in the sticky southern heat. However, things took a turn that night when he went to check that the gates on his property were locked and he came across a venomous snake in his yard, per WKRN . As he was locking up one gate, he turned around and noticed the snake too late to react and watched as it struck out at him.

"I turned about right here and took maybe two-step and it laid right here and that's when it got me," he said.

He collapsed from the pain and called out for his wife, who took him to the hospital. Fortunately, he is now recovering from the bite, which didn't require anti-venom to treat as "the snake shot just very little venom in me."

"The leg just feels like I've slept on it for four or five days now," Wilkins said. He added that they have since taken precautions to prevent another incident , saying, "We have put out moth balls and snake [has been] gone since that."

In addition to the moth balls, Wilkins is more cautious walking around his property.

"I watch my step even more," he said. "I always watch my step but now I'm just really afraid."

According to his doctors, Wilkins will need a couple weeks to fully heal from the bite, which was likely from a copperhead, one of four venomous snakes found in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency , death from a copperhead bite is extremely rare.

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Michael Norris
06-28

I grew up in an area infested with copperheads and rattlesnakes. Most of the time a rattlesnake will give you a warning. Copperheads will coil up and wait for you and as the summer goes on the meaner they get

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Eno61
06-28

I got bit by a western d-back but I wouldn't say that it "Attacked" me, snakes generally speaking want to be left alone. If you pose a threat they will defend themselves.

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Mike
06-28

they don't attack people lol! they just rely on their very effective camouflage and they just stay still and hope to not be noticed! But it makes them easy to step on and that's usually when people are bit lol!

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