BOSTWICK, Fla. (AP/CBS) — Authorities say a Florida man leaned in to kiss a rattlesnake — but got bitten instead.
News outlets report the unidentified man was bitten on the tongue Tuesday in the Bostwick area and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
CBS affiliate WJAX reports the man, Ron Reinold, is doing much better and expected to survive.
WTLV in Jacksonville (https://goo.gl/QHRNTZ ) quoted a friend of the victim as saying that he had been drinking while handling the seemingly calm eastern diamondback. But when he moved toward the reptile as if to kiss it, the snake bit him.
It’s wasn’t immediately clear where the snake came from. It’s illegal to keep a rattlesnake in Florida without a license.
Information from: WTLV-TV, http://www.wtlv.com/