TUCKERTON, N.J. (CBS) – A 24-year-old man is in stable condition after he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake in New Jersey’s Pinelands.

The incident happened along Route 679 where authorities Nelson Drinkwater, an Ocean County resident, stopped and tried to remove the venomous snake off the road with a stick. The snake wiggled free, wrapped itself around Drinkwater’s arm, and then bit him in the hand.

Drinkwater then managed to drive himself three miles to get help and was flown by helicopter to an area hospital.

Oren Liebermann reports…

According to officials, timber rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in the Pinelands.

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