Anatomy of a Snakebite

“I handle snakes because I wanna go to heaven. When the death angel comes it’s time to go, and I don’t believe you can rush it.” – Little Cody Coots

When a cottonmouth bites Little Cody Coots, he’s hit with excruciating pain and numbness. And when he tries to go snake hunting on Louisiana’s Laddo Lake a day after the bite, he’s too weak to keep up with the other hunters.

In fact, overexertion after a snakebite is a surefire way to make symptoms worse, quickening the speed at which the venom reaches the heart. Patients are encouraged to rest after seeking medical attention until the bite is fully healed. After a snake strikes a victim, experts recommend killing the snake and taking it to the hospital with the bitten person so doctors can identify the venom and prescribe a proper antidote.

But for Cody, killing the snake that bit him is out of the question. He’s doing the opposite, tempting fate by taking the snake to church with him for another potentially deadly handling.

Catch the whole episode of Snake Salvation tonight at 9P.


  1. Mike
    September 24, 2013, 9:16 pm

    These people are complete idiots I wont be supporting this show by watching a bunch of uneducated hill billies bounce around howling and playing with snakes like a bunch of goof balls. the reason the religon is failing is because its just that a failure people long ago realized this was pretty stupid. Maybe we all will get lucky and each and everyone of you will be bitten and die! then Nat Geo can get back to interesting programming besides this crap

  2. Margie Branas
    September 25, 2013, 10:58 am

    What these people are doing is a classical example of , misinterpretation of the Bible. When that verse is studied in the original language which is ancient Greek, it states that “If you have to carry away a viper you will not be harmed…” It does NOT say to pick up vipers and play with them. “If” is a conditional clause, it is not a command. Its only God’s mercy that is keeping these people alive. It makes Christianity looks like something out of the dark ages. There is NO verse in the Bible that says you have to “handle venomous snakes in order to get into heaven.” To get into heaven you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then live a saved life.

  3. junyoure
    October 3, 2013, 10:17 am

    love the show, watch it with mouth agape for the entire episode. where can I get the whole theme song?