Did you know that when bitten by a coral snake, a Texas man killed the snake by biting off the snake’s head and using the decapitated body as a tourniquet.
Valentin Grimaldo of Rio Bravo should make a full recovery, said Lisa Killion, a spokeswoman for Edinburg Hospital.
Grimaldo, 40, was walking with his brother, Fidel, along U.S. Highway 281 near Encino Friday when he reached into some grass and was bitten on the hand.
A passerby drove Grimaldo, his snake tourniquet in place, to the hospital’s emergency room.
Fidel Grimaldo is keeping the snake’s head as a keepsake.
The red, yellow and black coral is one of three varieties of venomous snakes found in the Rio Grande Valley. Coral snakes, slender and averaging about 2 1/2 feet long, are members of the cobra family.