Rattlesnake puts Ocean County man in the hospital

A man from Little Egg Harbor was hospitalized after he was bit by a rattlesnake yesterday. Nelson Drinkwater says he was attempting to save the rattlesnake as it crossed a busy road when it turned on him.

Drinkwater tells News 12 New Jersey, "I knew this thing was going to get killed in the street so I pulled over and I tried to remove it."

He says he went to take a picture of the snake when the rattler snapped at him.

Bob Zappolorti is the executive director of Herbatological Associates in Jackson. He's worked with snakes all of his life and says it's never a good idea to get too close to a timber rattler.

Drinkwater remains in serious but stable condition and says he felt like he had pins and needles throughout his body. He is expected to make a full recovery. In northern New Jersey timber rattlesnakes in portions of Warren, Sussex, Passaic, Morris and Bergen counties. In southern New Jersey, the rattlesnakes are found in the Pinelands region and portions of Cumberland, Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic counties.

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