An Idaho man was shopping in the garden center at a Lewiston Walmart on Saturday and was bitten by a large rattlesnake. Micah Craig, 47, says he was attacked by the Idaho reptile when he tried to pick up what he thought was a stick.
“I reached down to grab the stick to move it out of the way, and the snake stretched out, turned around and got its fangs in my right hand,” he said. “I slung it off and I did a tap dance on it until it was dead.”
A Walmart employee yelled, “It’s a snake” and that’s when the creature managed to latch onto his hand with a tight grip.
However, he managed to shake it loose and killed it by stomping on it.
Another Walmart shopper drove Craig to the hospital where he was treated with six bags of anti-venom.
Craig’s hand has become permanent disfigured from the dangerous bite.
Craig, a married father of two, said he went to the Walmart garden center to buy mulch for his marijuana plants, which he is licensed to grow for medical reasons.
“At this point, it appears to be an isolated incident. We are working with a pest management team, which is conducting a sweep of the property to ensure there is no additional rattlesnake activity,” Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said.
It was unclear whether the snake came from an adjacent field or arrived at the store along with garden supplies.