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Is there a right way to get bitten by a python?

Don't pull away. Just be calm.

EDWARD LINSMIER | Special to the Times

Don't pull away. Just be calm.



Turns out yes. Via the Times' Jeff Klinkenberg, who wrote about him and his worst bite in this month's Floridian, Joe Wasilewski explains: "They have curved teeth that are meant to hold. When one bites you, and I've been bitten hundreds of times, your first impulse is to jerk your body away. Wrong strategy. If you do that, the teeth will tear flesh, muscle and nerves. Best thing to do is ride out the bite. Sometimes you have to wait ten minutes for the snake to let go on its own. Somebody who catches python has to be patient and must have a high tolerance for pain."

[Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 7:26pm]


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