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St. Petersburg woman bit by rattlesnake while gardening

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© Lorraine Margeson points out where she says a rattlesnake bit her on her left hand. © Lorraine Margeson points out where she says a rattlesnake bit her on her left hand.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

A Saint Petersburg woman says she was bit by a rattlesnack while gardening on Sunday.

Lorraine Margeson lives on a wooden property next to the Mangrove Bay Golf Course in St. Petersburg. She is used to seeing wildlife visit her yard. One of the most common she sees is the eastern diamond back rattlesnake. 

On Sunday, Margeson was pulling weeds near her doorway when something bit her.

"Felt something the hurt bad right off the bat. And I have been stung many times by yellow jackets, wasp, bees," Margeson said.

She usually wears leather gloves while pulling the weeds. She also uses a tool with a claw to poke around to see if there are any snakes before they do any gardening.

Lorraine says she didn't use the tool and gloves this time because she was just clearing weeds next to the curb.

While pulling out a clump of weeds, Margeson says she must have pulled a snake right to her. She says she never saw the snake but believes it was a juvenile rattlesnake.

"That's why I'm so lucky. Why I'm here and not in the hospital right now because the second fang never even penetrated the skin. It's just like a little dent," Margeson said while pointing out a faint fang mark on her left hand.

When she got to the hospital, her hand started to swell rapidly. She spent five hours in the emergency room but did not need to take antivenin.

Margeson says she is not giving up on the snakes and from now on she'll always remember to wear her gloves. She also said that she is happy with the snakes being on her property because of their role in maintaining the rat and mice population.

"We can't just shoot our way out of living with nature unless you just want to live in a condo with concrete. There are some people like that but what a lot of people like Florida is Florida nature," Margeson said.

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