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Rattlesnake bites man who saved it from traffic

Police say a New Jersey man was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had stopped to save after spotting it crossing the road.
/ Source: NBCPhiladelphia.com

A New Jersey man received an unpleasant surprise after trying to save a snake.

On Thursday, around 6:30 p.m., the 24-year-old man was driving on Route 679 near West Stage Road in Tuckerton, when he spotted a rattlesnake crossing the road. Officials say that the man got out of his car to prevent the snake from being hit by oncoming vehicles.

The man then tried to pin the rattlesnake down with a stick — and the snake bit his hand.

The man quickly drove himself to Bass River State Park, where emergency personnel called paramedics. He was then airlifted to Atlanticare Medical Center Mainland for treatment.

Officials don’t believe that the man’s injuries are life-threatening, though a snakebite can cause severe illness. Officials also say that the area is known for having rattlesnakes.