An eastern massasauga rattlesnake is seen in its exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo Friday, Sept. 5, 2003. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)
Updated: Monday, 14 May 2012, 12:18 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 14 May 2012, 12:18 PM EDT
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A man says he reached down to pick up a stick lying in the gardening aisle of a Wal-Mart in eastern Washington state, only to discover that it was a rattlesnake that then bit his hand.
Mica Craig says he was shopping in the outdoor garden department of a Clarkston store when he was bitten Saturday. The 47-year-old man says it latched onto his hand and that he screamed, shook loose the snake and stomped it to death.
The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports a bystander drove Craig to an emergency room in nearby Lewiston. Craig says he was treated with six bags of anti-venom and was told that his hand could be permanently disfigured.
He says doctors expect him to remain hospitalized until Tuesday.
Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com
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