I have lived in Texas all my life, but did not hear about this story until today. While it was published by the Associated Press back in 1996, it might just be another 'tall tale' from the Lone Star State. In either case, it's a great story to pass along to everyone here.
In May of 1996, a man by the name of Valentin Grimaldo was walking along side a rural Texas highway when he reached down to pick something up and was bitten by a coral snake. In a flash, he grabbed the snake, bit it's head off and wrapped it's body around his arm like a tourniquet.
Fortunately, a passerby stopped and took Grimaldo to a nearby hospital. He was treated and eventually released from the hospital. While rattlesnakes are very abundant in the state of Texas, there are a large number of coral snakes as well, especially in the wide open spaces of the west.
If you would like to read more about this story from the AP, click here to visit their website. There are so many of these stories in Texas history, it's difficult to know what is true and what is not. However, it does appear that this really happened.
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