Texting Teen Steps Into Rattlesnake Nest

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Staring at your cellphone screen has proven dangerous, whether your driving, walking, or just standing still.

Now the Huffington Post is reporting that a 16-year-ol California teen has stepped into a nest of rattlesnakes while searching for a cellphone signal outside San Diego. She was bitten six times, but has survived.

Vera Oliphant spent four days in intensive and was administered 24 vials of antivenom. She was bitten by one adult and five baby rattlesnakes.

“I was trying to find a signal to call my mom and text my boyfriend. I didn’t see them until I already stepped on their nest and I felt them biting me,” Oliphant said.

She added, “My vision started to go right away. First it looked like the snakes blended into the leaves and then I started seeing black spots around the edges and I started blacking out.”

On the way to the hospital she did manage to get a hold of her loved ones, “I told my mom and my boyfriend I love them in case I don’t get to see them again,” she said.

Snake bites usually aren’t fatal, though they do kill several people per year in the United States.

“Be careful where you step,” Oliphant said. “If you don’t need to, just wait until you are somewhere that you can call people.”

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