Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rattlesnake bites man on tongue

Yep. That’s what it says.

"PALATKA, Fla. (WGFL) — A Putnam County man was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday after he was bitten on the tongue by a venomous rattlesnake.

"Putnam County Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Paul Flateau said they responded to a snakebite call around 4:30 p.m.

"Flateau said they treated the man and had him airlifted to him UF Health in Jacksonville.

"Flateau said he never saw a snake while at the scene and didn't know if it was a pet.

"The man's name has not been released and his current condition is not known.

"The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says deputies were not called to the scene because it was dispatched as a medical call."

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(The headline says ‘Florida man critically injured …’ even though the story says the man’s “current condition is not known.” My guess – The headline writer decided a rattlesnake bite is a critical injury. Not pleasant, surely, but a rule in journalism is the headline should match the story.)

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