Here’s Why You Can’t Afford To Get Bit By A Rattler

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on April 21, 2016


Think getting bit by a rattle hurts?

Wait till you get the bill!

On the family farm in Hurley, Mississippi, Dana Sanders Jr. was clearing out some shooting lanes for the coming archery season for deer last Saturday when he felt a strike on his left leg just above his boot. He immediately thought rattlesnake bite.

Turns out, it was a rather costly rattlesnake bite.

“It was very violent,” Sanders told The Clarion-Ledger, which reported the story Tuesday. “It was a very hard bite. I knew exactly what it was.”

The pain was immediate. He looked around to determine the species of snake and spotted a timber rattlesnake estimated to be over five-feet long. He then headed for the hospital in Vicksburg.

Outdoor Beasts Here's Why You Can't Afford To Get Bit By A Rattler

By then he was dry-mouthed and started tingling all over. He was treated with painkillers, antibiotics, and CroFab, an anti-venom.

“While a snake bite likely won’t cause death,” The Clarion-Ledger wrote, “the price of CroFAb could send the victim into cardiac arrest.”

Dr. Robert Cox, director of the Mississippi Poison Control Center, told the newspaper that he has seen prices from $4,000 to $7,000 per vial.

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