Florida 9-year-old mistakes deadly rattlesnake for ‘stuffed animal’ in grandmother’s backyard

A 9-year-old Florida boy almost made a fatal mistake when he approached one of the world’s most venomous snakes, believing it to be a “stuffed toy.”

Angelo Owens was hanging out at his grandmother’s house in Longwood on Wednesday when he saw something hanging in the corner of the backyard. Wesh 2.

When Angelo got closer, he realized it was a live snake, and said, “I thought it was a stuffed animal.”

The boy immediately went inside the house and told his family about his discovery. At first, the family believed Angelo had encountered a harmless garden snake, but then they heard the sound of a 4-foot diamondback rattlesnake.

“It was a really loud hiss. You could hear it two or three houses away. It was loud,” Angelo’s father, Alex Owens, told the magazine.

Alex said the near-death incident her son encountered was “horrifying” and said she was “trembling for a while” thinking about how different the outcome could have been.

Angelo Owens pointed out where he first saw the snake in his grandmother’s backyard.
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Fortunately for the family, Angelo couldn’t get close enough to the predator, so they called Bob Cross, one of Central Florida’s most experienced critter trappers.

“He’s a lucky boy. If he hadn’t been smart enough to pick up his mom, or tried to pick her up or get close to her… it would have been a different story,” Cross told the magazine. Told.

The family first called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), but when they arrived they were told they couldn’t deal with the venomous snake and were given a list of people who could, the report said.

The highly venomous snake was safely removed from the property.
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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake — America’s largest venomous snakeThe animals, which can grow up to 8 feet in length, were safely removed from the property and taken to a reptile center where their venom was harvested to make antivenom that could save the lives of snakebite victims.

The Owens family is no stranger to Florida wildlife, having dealt with coyotes, foxes and even a bear that once snuck into their garage, but this was their first time dealing with this venomous predator.

Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are often found in open canopy pine forests that are frequently burned, but their habitat varies. F.W.C..

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in the United States.
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The bite is excruciatingly painful and releases a toxin called hemotoxin that kills red blood cells and damages tissue.

Reputed to be good swimmers, the diamondback rattlesnake can have yellow or tan skin, and its main feature is the distinct black, brown, or cream-colored diamonds on its back.

Venomous snakes also use plants as hiding places and rely on camouflage to hide while foraging.

In September, an Amazon driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being bitten by a giant rattlesnake while delivering a package in Florida.

A driver failed to see a giant eastern diamondback rattlesnake coiled near the front door of a home in Pam City.

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