Milo Sutcliffe needed 26 doses of an antidote to the venom of snakes after being bitten by the head of a rattlesnake that he had just decapitated in Texas.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told the KIII-TV television channel that her husband was in the garden of his house, in Corpus Christi, when he saw the viper and decapitated her.
When he went to pick up the parts of the animal to get rid of them, his head bit him.
Sutcliffe indicated that immediately her husband began to suffer seizures and lose vision.
He was airlifted to a health facility where he was treated with CroFab, an antidote to snake venom.
A week after the incident, it was reported that he is in stable condition , although with renal function still weakened.
Leslie Boye, a doctor specializing in antidotes against snake venoms at the VIPER Institute at the University of Arizona, warned against attempts to kill snakes, especially cutting them.
"It is cruel to the animal and leaves the person with a piece to pick up that is poisonous," he told the Gizmodo news website.
--- They bite themselves ---
The bite reflex of a snake can be activated even several hours after its death.
In the Nationwide Geographic 2013 weblog: How Did a Decapitated Snake Chunk Itself? ("How does a decapitated snake bite itself?"), Jaclyn Skurie investigated "how these flexible, limbless reptiles can move until an hour after their death " and contacted James Murphy, Head of the Park's Reptile Center National Smithsonian Zoo in Washington.
"Snakes have the ability to bite and inject venom even after the head has been cut off and even if it is dead," the expert said.
Even these reptiles can get to bite themselves when they cut them to kill them.
"That (your body) is what they have available, that's what they have next to them, even when you take off their heads, a snake can continue to bite and open its mouth."
--- Do not try to kill them ---
When Skurie asked the expert what to do if he finds a snake in his garden, the specialist recommends moving away and not trying to kill her .
"This is how most bites happen, from the perspective of a herpetologist, I do not want to see any dead snakes, if people try to capture or kill a snake and have no experience, they can risk being bitten."
It is estimated that every year around 100,000 people die in the world from snake bites of different types.
The majority of victims, many of them children, live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.