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To make a viral video, youth plays with snake, got bitten in the eye; disturbing visuals

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A YouTube snake handler nearly lost an eye after being bitten on the face by a python while filming a Steve Irwin-style wildlife video.

Nick Bishop, 32, calls the three-foot-long reptile he found at Everglades National Park in Florida "a naughty little snake" in a shocking video.

In the clip he filmed, the handler from Los Angeles, USA can be seen holding the snake as the Burmese python - which is native to Southeast Asia - sinks its fangs into the man's arm multiple times in order to defend itself.

Mr Bishop tells his viewers: "He's munching on me."

But all of a sudden, while the handler talks to the camera, the snake lurches towards his face, sinking its fangs just above his eye.

Fortunately, the man had a lucky escape with the reptile's fangs sinking into his eyebrow and not his eyeball.


In the video, Mr Bishop can be seen having blood pouring from above his eye.

Despite being attacked, he tries to joke by telling viewers: "Well we call that a love bit."

The handler explained he was bitten by the snake after he captured the reptile as fast as he could to film the video at the Florida wildlife park.

He said the snake almost took his eye out, adding: "I knew it was going to strike, that's what they do. I just had no clue it was targeting my face until it was too late.

"Usually, I don't film myself and this is a prime reason why. Accidents like this happen but I'm lucky though. It could have been a whole lot worse."

Burmese pythons prey on native Florida species of mammals, birds and reptiles, as well as non-native species including black rats.

They are not venomous and are commonly kept as a pet because they are more docile than other large snakes.

They are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds, National Geographic explains.

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TAGS: YOUTUBER, SNAKE VIDEO, VIRAL, SNAKEBITE, EYE, PYTHON, NICK BISHOP, LOS ANGELES, USA
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