Black mamba snake bites man in south Ga.

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KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A Florida man was taken to two hospitals after telling authorities he was bitten by a venomous black mamba that he was trying to purchase.

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.

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Vito45
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Vito45 11/24/11 - 11:23 pm
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Corgimom, I never kept count;

Corgimom, I never kept count; all I can say is I've never been bitten by a venomous snake because when I've handled those I was gripping them tight enough to pinch the head off LOL.. I've messed with snakes since I was 7 or 8 years old, catching my first Southern Hognose. I was facinated with them from there on out, always THAT GUY who was always showing up in science class with a new snake for show and tell.

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Vito45 11/25/11 - 01:01 am
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Mamba antivenin is widely

Mamba antivenin is widely available in the United States as it is for almost all venomous snakes. The reason is these snakes, including the most feared and exotic, are kept in zoos and serpentariums. Some antivenins are polyvalent, so can be used for similar species. I know they use CroFab for most all varieties of rattlesnake, Copperhead, and Cottonmouth.

Anyway, with all of the exotics in Fla, I imagine their supply for most any snake is plentiful.

Edit: I might add, I'm not intending to be argumentative with tgentry; snakes get such a bad rap I don't miss an opportunity to offer information in hopes someone will read it and be better informed. Most people think the only good snake is a dead one, and nothing is further from the truth. As someone mentioned in another post, there are a lot more things one needs to worry about before snakes in terms of personal injury or danger.

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Willow Bailey 11/25/11 - 02:39 pm
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You guys all remind me of...

You guys all remind me of... the nursery rhyme, "What are little boys made of? Frogs and snakes And puppy-dogs' tails."

I guess some things never change.

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RowanVT 11/27/11 - 06:35 pm
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To Vito: Ban ALL

To Vito: Ban ALL non-natives? So... no horses, dogs, cats, budgies, parrots, canaries, rats, fancy mice, hamsters, ferrets, goldfish or guppies, hunh?

Vito45
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Vito45 11/27/11 - 06:49 pm
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Oh well, some people just

Oh well, some people just have to be a wiseacre when they know exactly what you are talking about...

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