If you ever happen to come across a dead cottonmouth, it’s probably a really good idea to not get too close. As this video shows, even if it has had its head cut off, it’s still very capable of biting someone if they were to mishandle it.

The reason for this is because nerve endings in snakes continue to fire even after its head has been removed. This eventually stops after a few moments, but it’s pretty freaky to witness if you weren’t aware it could happen.

Now that this video is burned into our minds and will haunt our dreams, we’ll be sleeping with the lights on tonight!

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