17-year-old Miami-Dade boy bitten by venomous snake

Posted at 8:08 AM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 16:23:02-04

A 17-year-old boy was bitten by a water moccasin Tuesday night in Miami-Dade County but waited hours before getting medical treatment.

The incident happened Tuesday night, but officials say the 17-year old boy did not tell his parents until Wednesday morning when his right foot was too big to fit his shoe. 


The boy was taken to Memorial Hospital Miramar where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue used its Air Rescue North helicopter to deliver antivenin to the victim at the hospital.

The snake that bit the teen was a young water moccasin, also known as a cotton mouth.

If it were a fully grown water moccasin, officials say, the consequences of a bite would have been death or limb amputation.

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