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Teen Steps Into Deadly Snake Pit & Teaches Us All a Lesson About Cellphones (VIDEO)

by Julie Ryan Evans on November 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Vera OliphantIf I was going to come up with a freaky serpent-themed nightmare, I'm not sure I could do much better than what happened in real life to 16-year-old Vera Oliphant. Even typing it is enough to make me shudder, so read on with care.

According WTVR, Vera was visiting her uncle somewhere in rural southern California a couple of weeks ago. She was walking up a hill trying to get a signal on her cellphone when she heard the telling rattling of rattlesnakes. In an attempt to get the hell out of there, she ran backwards ... and stepped right into a pit of the snakes.

She told the station she was bitten at least six times, and that almost immediately she started to feel her body going numb. She told U-T San Diego that she went into anaphylactic shock twice and lost consciousness four times. "I thought I was going to die," she said.

Fortunately, she was able to get back to her uncle's house, and he rushed her to the emergency room.

It was touch and go for awhile, as she was in intensive care for four days, and doctors say if she hadn't gotten to the hospital as quickly, things could have turned deadly. As it was, she's left with some scars and she's walking on crutches, but she's okay. Phew!

What a lesson in how important is to step away from our cellphones once in awhile. While there may not be snake pits around every corner, these things are in our hands, and in our children's hands, almost constantly. I see people every day texting and walking, talking, driving, and biking; and accidents are bound to happen when our attention is so focused on these little devices and not on our surroundings. As this case shows, they really could be the death of us.

Do you and/or your children have a problem putting down your cellphones?


Image via WTVR

Filed Under: accidents, in the news


  • Cel7777


    November 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Seriously this accident had nothing to do with her cell phone. She was visiting an area she may not have been familar with and stepped backwards into a pit of rattlesnakes. This could have happened to someone hiking or in a million other situations, cell phone or not.

  • Misty...


    November 15, 2012 at 2:47 AM
    ^^^ i agree.
  • curio...


    November 15, 2012 at 4:14 AM
    I agree with cell7777 also. That's like saying if you go to the store to buy apples and get into a car accident, " I guess that teaches us all a lesson about apples." Yes, a lot of us are too attached to our cell phones,but but to base that conclusion on this event is ridiculous.
  • lucky...


    November 15, 2012 at 5:06 AM
    Weird you would use a Richmond, Virginia TV station as a source for an event that happened in California. Not the greatest research because you know it wasn't breaking news here, just filler.
  • Estel...


    November 15, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    This is kind of a weird way to connect a story about a girl in a snake pit with cellphones... like one of those cautionary tales your batshit crazy luddite aunt tells just to hammer on about god knows what. 

  • Texas...


    November 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM
    So not only do cell phones cause brain cancer and Autism in unborn babies but now they cause Rattlesnake attacks! Mind blowing'.
  • Lilac
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    November 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM
    Wow Darwin at its finest "Gosh I just have to tweet how much I hate visiting the family in the middle of no where...grrr why can't I get a signal. I'll climb this tall hill..."
  • Maevelyn


    November 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I think the lesson is not to panic and run when you hear or see a snake but to proceed with caution. 

  • CPN322


    November 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Really people.....if she wasn't so distracted by her cell phone, perhaps she would have seen the pit of snakes. I mean really, a whole pit of snakes, not just one, would have probably been noticed by a hiker that was actually paying attention to their surroundings. Either way, you can't see whats around you if your focused on looking at your cell phone.

  • Saerise


    November 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    Definitely hunting for a conclusion here. The cellphone isn't what got her bit. It's the way she reacted. I think it would have been better if she froze, and located where the snake was, then she might have been better able to not piss it off when she attempts to get away.
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