A man from Lake Elsinore, California, was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday while trying to take a selfie with it, according to KCBS-TV. Alex Gomez found the four-foot-long snake in a field by his family’s ranch. It bit his hand after he put it around his neck for the photo. He was transported to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom. Gomez's mother, Deborah Gomez, said the skin near the wound was rotting and that he may lose his hand.
Gomez isn’t the first to be bitten by a rattlesnake in California while trying to take a selfie. A San Diego man was nearly killed in July under similar circumstances, according to KGTV. Todd Fassler was charged more than $150,000 after doctors depleted the anti-venom stores at two different hospitals to treat his bite.
According to California Poison Control, rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year, with one or two resulting in death. The peak season for rattlesnake bites is between April and October.