Man takes selfie with snake, inevitable happens

Man takes selfie with snake, inevitable happens
We already know that the selfie craze has gotten out of hand. Not only has the selfie stick invaded the planet, we now have 13MP front-facing cameras, front-facing flash and beautification options all available in search of the perfect selfie. And ironically, one of the ingredients of a memorable selfie is finding someone or something that will pose with you in the picture.

Animals seem to be a popular choice. But be forewarned. Not every animal will quietly pose alongside of you. On a list of animals that you shouldn't take a selfie with, we would imagine that the rattlesnake would be high up on that list. But there will always be people like San Diego's Todd Fassler, willing to go to the extreme for a selfie.

Fassler had found a rattlesnake in the bushes over a year ago, and apparently decided to keep it as a pet. One day, like any ordinary day, Fassler decided to take a selfie with his "pet". He ended up getting life-threatening snake venom injected into his veins courtesy of the snake. Rushed to an area hospital, Doctors had to use all of the anti-venom stored at two hospitals in order for Fassler to recover. 

Fassler recently released the snake into the wild. And while he might not have been able to take a selfie that would have helped him remember his pet forever, at least he does have something that will always bring back the memory of his snake. That is the $153,161.25 hospital bill he incurred for a five-day stay.

source: KGTV via CNET



1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

The only phone that has 13 megapixels and front firing flash with beautification options is the HTC Desire Eye.. Lol! Kinda off-topic but just saying

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

That's 1 selfie I'd like to see

45. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I actually have the phone with me for like 4 months now, and I have zero regrets

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Such a beautiful story, left a tear in my eye, especially the part when they parted and the snake gave him something to always remember about their lifetime memories together.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

anyone got the photo?

4. johntheone

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I love the NHS.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What the h... Does this have to do with the NHS? Are you really saying that he shouldnt be stuck with a 153k bill for such a stupid move? That's what most wild call a learning experience. Or for some, the Darwin award.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Its acts like these that piss me off my price doubled to cover idiots

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes that can be annoying but if this guy is stupid enough to do this, he is stupid enough to throw the snake at you for fun. And if this snake some moronic kid throws at you for fun bites you. You are covered. It's not meant to cover these idiots. It's meant to cover getting shot or a car accident etc.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I was already covered those just in case. I was covered even when I was a poor father with 2 kids on my own in a fast food job. I actually used my tax return to buy stuff like health insurance, car insurance and food. I didn't put that 9.5k tax return into tvs and games.

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

A lot of people should be stuck with 153k bills or higher. Like the people that buy iPhones for a $1000 cdn, these people make it impossible for someone that might want to buy it for a reasonable value, something like $299 U.S. Or less. We can't just start handing out natural selection for one aspect of society and ignore it for others.

5. sportsmc3

Posts: 21; Member since: May 25, 2015

what a dumbass

6. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

All I can say is he got what he deserved. Trying to take a selfie with a dangerous animal haha..

7. Roshi unregistered

That explains why American Parrot's not been around lately.

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's natural selection. The dumb ones who are obsessed with selfies fall off bridges, get bitten by rattlesnake, get hit by a bus while taking selfie and whatnot. The smart ones will survive. One day, the world will be free of these freaks and life will be normal again.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

It's still sad that precious anti-venom was wasted on him. Hopefully no one will need it in case of a true emergency.

22. miketer

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I hope too, coz I almost puked when I saw an other selfie on the net, where a moron clicks himself with his uncles dead body.

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Unfortunately, idiots are protected from natural selection by society. Pretty well protected actually.

9. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

$153,161 hospital bill?! Might as well just die with a health system so f**ked up.

16. FluffyBled unregistered

That was the cost of the selfie technically!

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It would be best for the gene pool... As well most of that cost actually more than half was because they had to deplete the antivenom supply of two hospitals. So for this idiots mistake, others may potentially suffer. If anything he should be responsible for any antivenom that is needed for others that it takes time to replenish their stock.

43. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Tbh most of the bill probably comes from the anti-venom alone.

10. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

150K? For lying in the bed all the time? Holy f*ck. This is what happens when you don't have a health insurance.

13. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Waste of anti-venom on a retarded idiot. Might as well have saved it for people who were actually involved in accidents.

19. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Ummm, doesn't the "ACA" force you to carry insurance now? I'm just saying.

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2068; Member since: May 26, 2011

You can pay a fine if you choose not to (its hefty since it's based on annual income)

24. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

Yup, I work in the emergency department of a hospital and going to the ED is expensive by itself. Plus the antivenom they are referring to (called crofab) is very expensive. A person can use anywhere from 4 - 18 vials depending on the severity of the envenomation. Each of those vials costs the hospital over $1000 and the actual patient charge is quite a bit higher. The moral of the story: don't mess with rattle snakes.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

83k of it was for the antivenom that he depleted supplies from 2 local area hospitals. So good, that idiot should have to pay even more.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is what happens when you eat paint chips and sniff glue as kid. Who would be stupid enough to even think they can take a picture with a rattlesnake let alone keep it as a pet?

18. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I think this is the first time ever I gave agreed with you. Cheers Mxy.

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