Moment a Rattlesnake Bites a 4-Year-Old Boy Captured on Security Camera

Security footage shows the moment a four-year-old boy from Lacey's Spring, Alabama, was attacked by a rattlesnake in his family's driveway on Saturday.

Spencer Briggs had run over to greet the mail carrier delivering the family's post when a snake on the driveway behind a family vehicle bit him in the foot. The incident was captured on a security camera that shows Spencer jumping back after the attack.

"I can barely stomach watching it," Spencer's mother, Laura Briggs, told AL.com.

"No one saw the snake until after it happened," she added. "When I got there, I barely saw it. It looked like a little mud or stick on the ground."

A statement shared by Morgan County Office on April 25, 2020 revealed deputies were assisting area first responders following a call involving a child bitten by a rattlesnake in the 8700 block of HWY 36 E in the Lacey's Spring area.

Officials said the child was "alert" on the journey to the hospital, where he was treated in intensive care.

Briggs told AL.com Spencer was administered 12 doses of antivenom. He is expected to regain full use of his foot with no permanent damage, she said.

Since the incident this weekend, the family has hired a licensed reptile remover to find and "relocate" any snakes found in the property.

A eastern diamondback rattlesnake
A eastern diamondback rattlesnake moves through its enclosure on February 1, 2019 at the Atlanta zoo in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty

While the report has not confirmed the species of the rattlesnake that attacked Spencer, Alabama is home to several species of venomous snake—including the Eastern coral snake, copperhead, cottonmouth, Eastern diamondback, timber rattlesnake and pigmy rattlesnake.

It is estimated that between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. every year. According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), these incidents are very rarely fatal—only around five people die from snake bites each year.

According to Natural History Museums of LA County, you are six times more likely to die from a lightning strike and eight times more likely to die from having a television set or large furniture item fall on you than you are to die from a rattlesnake.

However, disability or permanent injury is more common and is reported in between 10 and 44 percent of patients bitten by a rattlesnake.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges anyone who suspects they have been bitten by a snake to dial 911 or call local Emergency Medical Services and seek medical attention straight away.

Newsweek has contacted Morgan County Office for comment.