“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.