Texas man allegedly bites tail off rattlesnake, releases in the neighbor’s house: report

Ryan Felton Sauter was charged with deadly conduct and criminal violation of a property, according to The Austin American-Statesman.

A Texas man allegedly bit off the tail of a rattlesnake and brought it to his neighbor’s RV after the two got into a heated discussion, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

The newspaper reported that the incident took place on June 17.

Ryan Felton Sauter and his neighbor had an argument, the report said. Later, Sauter took a rattlesnake somewhere in Caldwell County, and allegedly bit the tail off, the report said, quoting the police.

Keith Monroe claimed that he saw the defendant come out of his CAMPER and asked him why he was there. Sauter reportedly replied, “You’ll see why.”

Monroe said that he went inside the CAMPER and found the injured snake—about three feet long– rolled up in the RV’s corner. He said that he finally killed the snake with a machete.

Sauter was reportedly questioned by detectives and then charged.

Sauter is charged with deadly conduct and criminal violation of a property, the report said. It is not clear what the two were arguing about, but Monroe told the newspaper that the two have a long-running dispute.

Rattlesnakes are born in the summer, especially in July and August.

Last month, a South Texas man almost died after he was bitten by the head of a rattlesnake that he had just beheaded.

The incident happened May 27 when Milo and Jennifer Sutcliffe were doing work in the garden at their home near Lake Corpus Christi. Jennifer Sutcliffe said her husband found a 4-foot rattlesnake and cut off its head with a shovel. As he bent down to pick up the remains, he was bitten by the severed head.

Sutcliffe said she called 911 and began driving her husband, the 45 miles to a Corpus Christi hospital. He started with seizures, loss of vision and bleeding internally and was airlifted to the rest of the way.

Sutcliffe said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, where a normal patient will have two to four.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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