The Snake in the Mailbox - 1978-10-23

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F54.png The Snake in the Mailbox October 23, 1978, Time magazine

Attorney Paul Morantz unlocked the door of his house in Los Angeles last week and put his left hand into the mailbox. "I felt a sharp pain, and then it felt as though my hand was in a vise," he recalls. When he pulled his hand back, he brought with it a 4½-ft. diamondback rattlesnake, its fangs buried near his left thumb. He managed to shake off the snake and ran screaming to a neighbor, who applied a tourniquet that saved Morantz from almost certain death. Fire department paramedics chopped off the snake's head with a shovel, and discovered that the rattles had been removed so that the snake could attack without warning.

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{{cite news | title = The Snake in the Mailbox | url = http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,946091,00.html | work = Time magazine | date = October 23, 1978 | accessdate = May 22, 2019 }}