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Man Watching Alligators Gets Bitten By Snake

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Mike Jachles stopped to look for gators along Alligator Alley where he was bit on his foot by a pit viper. (Getty Images)

Mike Jachles stopped to look for gators along Alligator Alley where he was bit on his foot by a pit viper. (Getty Images)

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TAMPA (CBS Tampa/AP) – A man who stepped out of his car in Alligator Alley to view one of the deadly reptiles was bitten by a poisonous snake.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said the 29-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a pit viper Saturday evening after he and his girlfriend made a stop to check out an alligator at mile marker 49 on I-75 eastbound. The highway is also known as Alligator Alley.

Jachles said officials from the Miami-Dade venom unit responded and an air rescue helicopter from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office flew the man to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Fla., where he was stabilized.

Jachles did not know the man’s name or hometown.

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