Lunging snake bites woman in eye socket as she opens front door

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A woman had a lucky escape when she opened her front door and got bitten by a snake just above the eye, fortunately living to tell the tale.

The slippery grey and brown customer had wrapped itself around a ‘God bless America’ hanger and struck when Mara Jo Thomas opened the door to her Kentucky home after being warned of its presence by her daughter, Kenley.

The mum-of-three relieved the story on Facebook, saying: “There is seriously never a dull moment in my life!

“Today, I got bit by a snake just a little above my eye. Kenley was outside and saw it and started screaming bloody murder, so of course I open the door and boom – it got me!

“Thankfully it wasn’t venomous and it didn’t get my actual eye!

“Poor K&M have helped me through a gallbladder attack and a snake bite! No telling what will happen next.”

She took herself off to hospital to check out the bite, which made two marks along the brow and socket of her right eye, but she didn’t need any anti-venom, while no treatment was necessary.

It is unclear what happened to the snake, but Mara added: “I’ll never have another door hanger.”

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Her Facebook followers expressed their sympathies to their friend, with one saying: “Girl, you are so blessed. I’m so glad you’re OK. What a scary experience.”

Another one wrote: “Oh my goodness! I would have had a stroke!”

There are around 33 native snake species in the US state of Kentucky, with four venomous ones – copperhead, timber rattlesnake, cottonmouth and pigmy rattlesnake – although most are harmless, while bites are extremely rare.

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