Oklahoma Man Has Perfectly Reasonable Response To Snake Biting Face

Normally when Oklahomans land themselves on a national news outlet, it is because something insane has happened and they have exhibited some insane sort of response to something insane happening. Yesterday though, one remarkably calm Oklahoman proved we can be completely reasonable when Oklahoma strikes.

From CNN:

A doorbell camera captured the moment a snake attacked a man in a video that will make your skin crawl.

Jerel Heywood was visiting Rodney Copeland’s home on Sunday in Lawton, Oklahoma when the attack occurred.

The snake was wrapped around a porch light, Copeland said.

As Heywood opens the screen door, the snake pops into the corner of the camera and bites into Heywood’s head before retreating.

Heywood’s first thought? “I got bit by a snake. Didn’t know what kind it was,” he said. “Have to get to the hospital.”

Yep, this made national news. Here’s the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_8NzRKUZlU

Ya’ll, that was the most rational response humanly possible; a quick jump in surprise followed by a call to head to the hospital in case that sucker was venomous. Receive potentially life-threatening injury, don’t panic, seek medical attention.

Ordinarily, the case would be made that any “good” Oklahoman would have wrastled that sumbitch to the ground while bleeding profusely, venom and potential facial necrosis be damned. The “best” Oklahoman would have been having grilled snake for supper while their eye swelled shut.

Luckily for Jerel it was not venomous. He was checked out by medical professionals and given the all clear. He didn’t even need stitches. Never fear though, the snake was eventually handled in an appropriate Okie fashion…

The snake was not as lucky.

Copeland’s wife started screaming along with Heywood, Copeland said. Their cries attracted their neighbor, who brought over a hammer, Copeland said.

He knocked the snake off the light and pummeled him to death.

Copeland said it was the first time he found a snake in his home. He imagines the 5-foot-5-incher was taking refuge from recent heavy rains. He hopes to keep away any potential lurkers by spraying the yard with sulfuric acid.

“I hear they don’t like that,” he said.

Pummeled to death with a hammer. So, the story was not without its stereotypical Oklahoma charm. Serpenticide aside, it is incredibly refreshing to see Oklahoma represented in a less Florida-y manner. Here’s to you, Jerel! Thanks for acting like a sensible adult!

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8 Responses


  1. When you consider that this happened in Lawton, the reasonable response becomes more of a surprise.


  2. Can anyone tell what kind of snake it is/was? That big and non-venomous, probably a black “rat” snake.


    1. It was a bullsnake.


  3. I’m curious what kind of light fixture hides a 5 foot long snake? Maybe a Game Of Thrones Night Watcher Spotlight?


  4. A boy scout says to his scout leader, “Sir, is this snake poisonous?” The scout leader says, “No, that snake’s not poisonous at all.” So the boy picks up the snake, which bites him and the boy starts to spasm and foam at the mouth as the other kids look on in horror!
    The scout leader says, “But that snake is venomous. Poison is ingested or absorbed, while venom is injected. Let’s get it right next time, boys.”


  5. Where’s Mike Gundy when you need him?


  6. He is out looking for another no name quarterback coach/offensive coordinator from some podunk school that doesn’t even give out scholarships! Oh, my mistake – he already found one, go Pokes…..


  7. The snake started the crap and the homeowner ended it. Snake shouldn’t have bitten anyone.

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