A Bostwick, Florida man is lucky to be alive after getting bit by a rattlesnake on the tongue.
WJAX reports that Ron Reinold was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition after he was bitten by the snake on Tuesday. His family has since said that he is doing better and is expected to live.
UPDATE: Family tells @RussellANjax #Florida man bitten on tongue by rattlesnake yesterday in Putnam Co. was attempting to kiss the snake. pic.twitter.com/GyoD3mf2AU
— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) May 17, 2017
It’s unclear where the snake came from since it is illegal to keep a rattlesnake in Florida without a license. But WJAX talked to a neighbor of Reinold to get more information.
Charles Goff told WJAX that he found the snake on Monday night and because he knows how to handle snakes he put it in a tank. Goff told the media that his neighbors were playing with the snake when Reinold got bit.
“The next morning before I got up, they were playing with the snake,” Goff told WJAX. “One boy said, ‘I’m going to kiss it in the mouth,’ and the snake bit him in the face.”
It seems that alcohol was in the picture with this incident.
“Ron was just acting silly, you know?” he said. “I guess he said he could kiss the devil and get away with it, but evidently he didn’t.