A Florida man went too far in the quest of being adventurous, so much so that he decided to put his life on the line. His huge lapse in judgment almost cost him his life at the hands of a wild creature — a rattlesnake, to be precise.
Ron Reinold and his friend started playing with a rattlesnake discovered by neighbor Charles Goff, a resident of Putnam County, in the north east of the state. Goff told Reinold he put the reptile in a tank because he did not know where else to keep the animal or how to handle it.
As if playing with the deadly creature wasn’t dangerous enough, Reinold wanted to do something even more adventurous. He attempted to kiss the snake. The snake was in no mood for those antics and bit Reinold on the tongue.
"The next morning before I got up, they were playing with the snake," said Goff. "One boy said, 'I'm going to kiss it in the mouth,' and the snake bit him in the face."
According to his friend, whose name hasn’t been released, Reinold was drunk when he approached the snake, which reportedly appeared calm.
The victim was shortly airlifted to the hospital in a critical condition. He was comatose, but fortunately regain consciousness and is recovering, according to his family.
Reinolds' family member's post: "He was put in a coma & was not supposed to wake up for days. He woke up & is signing with his hands." pic.twitter.com/abJ5RyhzeS— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 17, 2017
Goff said Reinold and his friend were being very irresponsible by taunting the snake.
"Ron was just acting silly, you know?" he said. "I guess he said he could kiss the devil and get away with it, but evidently he didn't."
Obviously, he didn’t, what was he thinking? After biting Reinold’s tongue and leaving him in agony, the rattlesnake escaped — and can you blame it? Snakes aren’t supposed to live in residential settings. Also keeping snakes in Florida without a license is illegal.
People wasted no time lashing out against Reinold on Twitter.
@BBCWorld Yes height of desperation, " A man tried to kiss r snake got a kiss back how lovely!! " this is correct headline :)— Ali Imran (@fossens_IC) May 18, 2017
Note to all the wild adventurers out there: Not everyone is as lucky as Reinold, as this stunt could have cost him his life. Think twice before doing anything so brainless in the name of adventure.