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Central Fla. Man Bitten By Venomous Pet Snake

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(Photo courtesy of Al Coritz/Wikipedia) African Puff Adder Snake

(Photo courtesy of Al Coritz/Wikipedia) African Puff Adder Snake

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ORLANDO (CBS4) – A Central Florida man remains hospitalized Thursday after being bitten by a venomous snake.

According to a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 31-year-old John Post owns the snake and had reached into the cage when he was bitten.

The FWC official says it was an African puff adder that bit Post in the finger.

He was conscious Wednesday evening after being transferred from an Osceola County hospital to an Orlando trauma center.

George Van Horn, owner of Reptile World Serpentarium, provided firefighters with antivenin to take to the hospital to help treat the victim.

Van Horn says a bite from an African puff adder can “cause a lot of tissue damage around the fang-puncture area.”

Officials say Post had a permit to own the snake. Its venom is known as cytotoxic, which means it attacks the blood and tissue.

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