HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man is hospitalized after being bitten on the eyelid by his pet Diamondback rattlesnake.

The 22-year-old Manorville man will spend the next week recovering in the hospital and will likely suffer permanent facial damage, said Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA.

The two-foot Diamondback and another rattlesnake owned by the victim have been taken to a reptile sanctuary.

Gross said it’s illegal to own venomous reptiles and they don’t make good pets.

“They’re very, very dangerous, they’re unpredictable, and deadly. What can I say other than that?” Gross told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “Stick to your little furry animals, you know, your dogs and your cats. I mean, I can’t imagine anybody sitting watching TV with a rattlesnake curled up on their lap. I mean, it just doesn’t make sense.”

Gross is reminding residents that the county hosts “amnesty days” at least once a year so residents can turn in wild and exotic animals.


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