You encounter a venomous snake, chop off its head and think "problem solved." Well, as you can see in the video above, that's not necessarily the case. In fact, severed snake heads can still bite up to an hour or maybe even longer after decapitation. People suffer bites from decapitated venomous snakes more often than you think.
How is this possible? According to National Geographic, a snake's nervous system is preprogrammed to make certain movements without the brain needing to send a signal. A decapitated venomous snake head is apparently preprogrammed to bite in response to stimulus, such as someone touching it with a pair of pliers.
So, if you kill a venomous snake, take care when disposing of it and remember it can bite long after you inflicted that deadly blow.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.