A man swimming at Del Valle Regional Park on Saturday was bitten by a baby rattlesnake and airlifted to a hospital, according to a report by the Contra Costa Times.
The 29-year-old man was listed in stable condition after getting antivenom, according to the report.
Further details in the article by Bay Area News Group Reporter Rick Hurd, who quotes East Bay Regional Parks Police Sgt. Chris Chapman:
The man was boating with his family near Swallow Bay, an area where rattlesnakes are known to swim, Chapman said.
"He apparently saw a small snake in the water and thought it was dead," Chapman said. "He picked it up, and the snake bit him in the thumb."
The fact that it was a baby snake added complications to the rescue, Chapman said, because baby rattlers often expel more venom than their adult counterparts.
"They don't know when to stop biting," Chapman said.
Read the full article on the Contra Costa Times website.