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Florida Mom Lets Snake Bite Toddler, Says She'd Do It Again

07 June, 2017, 18:46 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
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A Florida woman is under investigation after apparently posting a video on Facebook showing a red rat snake biting her 1-year-old daughter.

The video shows a mother from Sebring, Florida, placing a plastic bin containing the snake up close to her baby who was sitting in a walker.

"It had bitten me and my son and didn't leave a mark, several times", she told WFTS.

The mom tells WTSP that she grew up catching and interactive with snakes, and had seen poisonous snakes on her rural, 9-acre property before, so she thought this was a good learning moment.

St. Laurent said she found the snake in her driveway and wanted to use it for a teachable moment with her kids on handling wildlife safely. "People that know me know that I would never hurt my children", she added. The young girl reaches towards the container, and a 14-inch-long red rat snake inside it strikes at her. NBC affiliate, WCNC, reported that the snake bit the toddler's right thumb.

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Valverde shot the following video of her unleashing a few rounds into the snake and it has since received a lot of attention online. She now believes her methods are teaching her children a valuable lesson.

WFTS did not identify her, as she has not been charged with a crime.

The clip caused outrage online forcing the mum to delete the footage after she faced backlash. "So he's very harmless".

She also said she has no regrets for the incident, according to CBS Miami.

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