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Man Nearly Dies After Putting Pet Rattlesnake Down Throat

Note: Video contains some graphic images.

In early August, snake collector Matt Wilkinson of Portland grabbed a 20-inch rattler off the highway near Maupin in Central Oregon in the U.S.

Three weeks later, in a show of daring for an ex-girlfriend, Wilkinson stuck the snake in his mouth. Near death with a tongue swollen to the point it spilled out of his mouth and blocked his throat, he sought emergency-room treatment. Trauma surgeons at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) saved his life.

Video: Liveleak via Arbroath
Source: Seattle Times
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