This Gruesome Video Shows Even Decapitated Venomous Snakes Can Still Be Deadly

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If you grow up in a rural area where there are deadly snakes, you learn early that even after death, the bastards can get you. A Texas family recently posted a graphic illustration of just how a mostly-dead snake could do some damage and seriously, you should only watch this if you’re not too squeamish—it’s equal parts nightmare fuel and just plain gross.

Jill-Scott Mollett originally posted the video above on Facebook, writing that her “girls found a cottonmouth water moccasin today, in our flower bed of all places.” 

The snake was beheaded with a pair of tree cutters, and “…the head kept trying to bite stuff for a few minutes after it was chopped off its body. #CountryLivingAtItsFinest.”

They will bite you.

According to LiveScience, a cottonmouth bite can “be serious or even deadly,” however “fatalities are very rare.”

Even so, the snake’s venom causes “temporary and/or permanent tissue and muscle damage; loss of an extremity, depending on the location of the bite; internal bleeding; and extreme pain around the injection area.”

The Molletts have gotten some grief on Facebook from animal lovers, but anyone who’s ever lived with the danger of deadly snakes can tell you that if there’s a choice between letting a venomous reptile live in the flower bed beside your house—where it could easily get inside while searching for prey—and killing it to eliminate the potential danger, many will go with snake murder.

If you ever have to make that unfortunate decision, don’t forget this video—after all, snakes produce venom from glands in their head, so had this cottonmouth latched on to someone’s hand, they still would have been in plenty of danger.

h/t Daily Mail