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Hispanic Man’s Selfie With Rattlesnake Fails, May Lose His Hand

From the files of the really dumb and bizarre, we bring you this story of a Hispanic man who tried to take a selfie picture with a venomous rattlesnake in Lake Elsinore, California.

We can’t begin to tell you how idiotic this move was, so we will just let you read about it.

His mother even called him a “fool” and “stupid.”

A California man who picked up a four-foot rattlesnake to take a selfie with it may lose his hand after the animal bit him.

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KCBS-TV reports that 36-year-old Alex Gomez, of Lake Elsinore, snatched up the snake Monday at his family’s ranch. The snake bit his hand which swelled. His neighbor called 911 and he was transported to an area hospital.

“I’m shocked that he would have that things around his neck,” Alex’s mother, Deborah, told the television station. “It could’ve bit his neck, and that would have been it. That’s just being a fool.”

Deborah said her son, a father of three, is being treated with anti-venom, but that the skin on his hand is damaged and “rotting away” and he may lose it.

“I told him the news people had been calling, and he said ‘Mom, you better not’, and I said ‘I’m going to,’” the mother said. “I’m going to teach him a real good lesson when he gets home. No mercy for him.”

California Poison Control reports dealing with 800 rattlesnake bites annually, with one to two cases being fatal. Gomez’s snapshot happened in peak rattlesnake bite season, which runs from April to October. The rattlesnake population has increased because of California’s ongoing drought. (Source)

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who publishes the,,,, and During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He and his fiancé Michelle have two small children. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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