FRED, TX - A Newton County man is recovering after he was bitten by at least two snakes in Tyler County.
"This one right here is the one that came out that came from behind me I never seen," Charles Crosby said.
Crosby's right arm is still numb after suffering two snake bites on two different fingers Sunday while trying to get rid of snakes in the walls of his sister's home.
"I only knew of two that I laid eyes on, but when I got struck on my right ring finger, that's when I knew it was more than two," Cody said.
Fortunately, the two hits were dry bites and not venomous.
Crosby said he heard a snake rattling inside the walls. To be certain they were not the protected canebrake or timber rattlesnake, Texas Game Warden Brandon Mosely took action.
"It's pretty uncommon to get Timberwood Rattlesnake calls, especially this time of year, especially that many in number," Mosely said. "So, we'll see."
Famed alligator catcher Gary Saurage showed Crosby what a real rattlesnake looks like to see if this is what he saw.
"I've got two different snakes with me, two different ones. I need to know if either one of these was the one you saw,” Saurage explained to Crosby as he carefully unlocked at huge, black rectangular storage box containing a live canebrake rattlesnake.
After securing the snake, Saurage and his Gator Country crew headed to the mobile home hoping to catch the snakes.
Four members of Gator Country, the sheriff's office, and the game warden began probing inside the mobile home, on its roof, underneath it, and all property within 50 yards surrounding the trailer.
After nearly 45 minutes of searching, the members of Gator County resolved that the reptile that bit Crosby was not a rattlesnake.
"I wanted to make sure that it was not a highly venomous snake around all these kids,” said Saurage, who is licensed in the State of Texas to capture and/or rescue rattlesnakes in situations like this. “And this is what we do. I can go home tonight knowing there is not a canebrake here."
Since rattlesnakes are protected in Texas, if you happen to come across one, Mosely offered some simple advice.
"The best thing to do is to turn and walk away, and they will probably leave you alone,” he advised.