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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Feb 26, 2014
Location: Reidsville, North Carolina

Animal: Canebrake Rattlesnake
Animal Disposition: removed/re-housed

Facility Type: Exotic Pet
Facility Name: unknown

Category: Attack resulting in human injury, Legal/illegal issue
Species: Reptile

Summary: 18-year old Kameron Burgess was bitten by a Canebrake rattlesnake that was being kept by his friend. The friend who owned the snake had several other poisonous snakes including an Eyelash Viper, Gaboon Viper, Rhino Viper, Brazilian Lance Head, Mojave Desert Side winder, Puff Adder Viper, Southern Copperhead, Neotropical Ragglesnake, Monocled Cobra and a Costa Rican Jumping Viper. The snakes were kept illegally and charges are anticipated at the conclusion of the investigation. Burgess was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Source: Rockingham Update, RCENO.com

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