Who Said That?
Florida's quote of the day
"Maybe two or three hours down the line, you can't open your eyes."
Tim Cashman knew right away that he was in trouble.
He had bent down to move a log while working in his backyard last week, then felt the sting in his fingertip.
As soon as he saw the black, red and yellow form curled where the log had been, Cashman recognized it as a venomous Eastern coral snake.
Cashman, who has been interested in snakes since age 4, was lucky. His mother called 911, and the 25-year-old Cashman was taken to Tampa General Hospital near his home, where he received a lifesaving drug to counteract the paralyzing venom.
But future victims might not be so fortunate. The antivenin used for decades to treat coral-snake bites hasn't been manufactured since 2003, and supplies are dwindling.
The last two lots of the drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration are set to expire soon — one at the end of this month and the other next April.
That's especially worrisome in Florida, which leads the nation in Eastern coral-snake bites.
Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.