Doorbell cam captures terrifying moment snake attacks man, biting him in the face

Jerel Heywood endured a highly unwelcoming experience while visiting the house of a  friend in Oklahoma, not that is was the doing of his buddy.

Heywood was visiting Rodney Copeland’s home Sunday in Lawton, Okla., and when he approached the door, Heywood did not see a 5-foot-long snake wrapped around a porch light, Fox 40 reported.

As he opened a screen door, the reptile launched a surprise attack, biting Heywood in the face.

And the whole terrifying scene was captured on a doorbell camera — caution, there is adult language in the video, because who wouldn’t curse in a situation like that!

 

Posted by Mashawn Copeland on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Realizing what had just happened, his first thought was that he needed immediate medical care.

“I got bit by a snake. Didn’t know what kind it was,” Heywood said, according to the Fox affiliate. “Have to get to the hospital.”

Copeland and his wife took their friend to the hospital, and he said he was shocked as he saw Heywood stumble into the house clutching his face.

“I was in shock,” Copeland said. “That could’ve been anyone of us.”

It turned out that the snake was not venomous and Heywood is going to be just fine.

“No stitches, thankfully, but they cleaned me up pretty good,” he explained. “I am on antibiotics.”

As for the snake, his fate would prove to be less fortunate.

A neighbor heard all the commotion and showed up with not one, but two hammers, according to Copeland.

Exercising due caution, the man carefully went about the grisly task of eliminating the threat.

This too was captured on the doorbell camera and animal enthusiasts will not be very pleased with the outcome.

Caution: Disturbing content.

 

Posted by Mashawn Copeland on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

Posted by Mashawn Copeland on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This was the first time Copeland has dealt with a snake at his home and he said that recent heavy rains may have driven the reptile to seek refuge.

He also planned to ensure that it’s the last encounter he has, saying he would spray his yard with sulfuric acid.

I hear they don’t like that,” Copeland said.

 

Because of Oklahoma’s diverse terrain, there are as many as 47 different species of snakes found in the state, with seven potentially dangerous to humans, according to the website AnimalSake.

Rattlesnakes make up the majority of venomous snakes in Oklahoma.

Odds are, everyone who watches the video of the attack — it had 147,746 views as of this writing — will carefully scan every doorway they approach in the coming days.

 

Tom Tillison

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