JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJAX/CNN) -- A Florida man leaned in to kiss a rattlesnake -- but the serpent bit him on the tongue instead, authorities say.
Ron Reinold was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition after the poisonous snake bit him on Tuesday.
His neighbor, Charles Goff, said he found the diamondback Monday night and put it in a tank.
A day later, Reinold started playing with the snake and made an ill-judged move.
“I guess he said he could kiss the devil and get away with it, but evidently he didn’t,” said Goff.
Reinold’s family said he’s doing much better and is expected to survive.
As for the rattlesnake, Goff said his neighbors let it go after it bit Reinold.
"So the snake is still out here running around somewhere," he said.
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