Wildlife officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said 22-year-old John K. Rosenbaum, of Jacksonville, told them it happened about 2:30 p.m. Monday off Interstate 95 Exit 3 in Kingsland. During the sale, the snake got away briefly but was recaptured. Rosenbaum said that's when it bit him.
He was taken to Southeast Georgia Health System's Camden hospital before being transported to Shands Jacksonville. A Shands nursing supervisor said he has since been discharged.
Investigators from several agencies are pursuing all leads, including the reported seller. The Department of Natural Resources said no one in Georgia has a wild animal license for a black mamba, nor does Rosenbaum. Violations are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.