Judson McClane was a three year old boy who, like most little kids, loved to play outside. But last week while he and his sister, Jasmine, were enjoying a nice spring day, every parent’s worst nightmare happened.
“I heard him yelp real loud. I figured it was an ant or maybe a wasp.”Judson’s father Josh McClane said in an interview with KATV News.
He immediately went outside to find his little boy crying on the ground with not one, but two gaping holes in his leg. These bite marks had come from none other than a venomous water moccasin!
Josh picked up his son and rushed him to the hospital. It took 16 vials of anti-venom to stop the venom from spreading to the rest of Judson’s body. According to Live Science, a water moccasins’ venom “is composed mainly of hemotoxins that break down blood cells, preventing the blood from clotting or coagulating.” This can result dangerous and even deadly effects.
Luckily, Judson made it to the hospital in time and after being treated was finally sent home.
“He was in severe pain as we got there, and the second day the same but, they took care of him the right way.”
The deadly snake that bit little Judson had been hiding in the McClane family’s yard, but where that sneaky creature was making it’s home will terrify you!
The snake had been living curled up underneath Judson’s favorite toy dump truck. So, when the boy went to play with the truck, he wound up playing with the snake instead. Lamar Williams of the Little Rock Zoo had this to say:
“They like warm spaces… If you are outside and you have things in your yard it’s a good idea to be careful when you turn things over.”
And that is exactly the change that Josh has pledged to make, saying,
“I’m going to start picking up every evening. I’ll go out and scout it out before we all come outside.”
This is very important in keeping your family safe, but what about ways to keep snakes off of your property to begin with?
Well for starters, make sure your yard is not appealing for snakes in the first place. This means keeping the grass cut short and the bushes trimmed back, especially during the spring and summer months when these animals are looking for those cooler places to hide.
It also helps to not over water your lawn. While the weather gets hotter and hotter, we are all tempted to water our yards more frequently. However, using just the necessary amount will definitely help keeping snakes away. Wet grass to a snake is a nice place to soak in the sun, so getting rid of these spots as much as possible is very important.
Lastly, it is crucial to make sure you have a rodent-free home. Small mice and rats are a delicious meal for snakes, so getting rid of these pests eliminates two problems at once.
The McClane’s terrifying story had a very fortunate and very lucky end. Share their story and help more people be aware of this horrifying danger!