Ear Hustle Teen Recovering From Snake Bite To The Face After Trying To “Kiss” It By SunShyne Posted on April 22, 2015 Share Tweet Share Share Email Comments A man is in the hospital after being bit in the face by his pet water moccasin. Austin Hatfield, 18, had caught the deadly snake in his girlfriend’s backyard in Wimauma, near Tampa. Hatfield then put the poisonous reptile in a pillow case and kept it on his bed. He held the cottonmouth and practiced kissing it on the head, until one day, the snake seemed to have had enough. One of Hatfield’s friends, Jason Belcher, was there the day Hatfield was bitten on the lip, recalling, “He took it out, put it on his chest and it was acting funny, and it jumped up and got him.” “He ripped it off his face, threw it on the ground and he started swelling up immediately,” Belcher explains. That’s when the Hatfield bolted out of his bedroom and began yelling that he needed to get to the hospital. “It was pretty frightening,” Belcher continues, “We’ve done a lot of stuff together. This is the one thing that scared me the most.” Hatfield was rushed to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Several rounds of antivenom had to be administered and Hatfield had to be ventilated because swelling had closed off his airway. FWC spokesperson Officer Baryl Martin states Hatfield did not have a permit to possess venomous reptiles and captured the snake illegally. The snake was killed so that it could be identified and the correct antivenom could be administered. Hatfield has since been upgraded to good condition. Source: CBS Ear Hustle & Share:EmailTweetShare on TumblrReddit Related Items:Illegal, kissing, Pet, snake bite, venomous Share Tweet Share Share Email Recommended for you Rikers Island Corrections Captain Resigns Losing Her $80K A Year Salary After Being Caught Kissing An Inmate On Video Video: Baby Sister Surprises Big Brother With A Pet Hamster; Watch Him Burst Into Happy Tears New York Police Confirms Hoverboards Are Illegal And Riders Could Face A Fine Of $500 Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.