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Man Learns Painful Lesson About Taking Selfies with Wild Life

On Monday, Alex Gomez, 36, found a rattlesnake in a lot near his home in Lake Elsinore, California. He then decided to put the snake around his neck and take a picture with it, Yet, when he tried to adjust it for a different post, it bit him in the thumb. Gomez told KTLA "I was going to take it off my neck and do something else with it, but it turned sideways, and it sunk its one tooth into my hand."

Gomez dropped the snake and ran into a neighbor's house. In addition, he was rushed to a local hospital, receiving anti-venom treatment while on the way. His mother, Diana Gomez, told CBS Los Angeles “I’m shocked he would have that thing around his neck. It could’ve bit his neck and that would’ve been it.” Gomez may lose his thumb or never regain full use of his right hand. Gomez said "Don't mess with snakes. Leave them alone."

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