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Son of late snake-handling preacher gets bitten by even bigger snake

Son Of Late Snake-Handling Pastor Also Bitten


The son of a snake-handling preacher who died from a poisonous snake bite just months ago was bitten by an even bigger rattlesnake.


"Cody Coots said he followed his father's advice to not panic,HLN reports. "I was really scared at first, thinking oh God, ya know, Dad just died and I hope and pray that I'm not going to die."

Although Cody admitted to being worried about possible death, he and his family do not believe in medical treatment, and sent the ambulance away.

NPR reports the snake bite caused painful swelling and vomiting, but Cody "told the Lord that [he] wouldn't go to the hospital."

His late father, Jamie Coots, refused medical attention after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a church service just three months ago.



Cody relied on prayers from friends and family and his condition has since improved. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, this was the sixth bite he's survived.

Cody is a fourth generation snake-handler who took over his father's duty as pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name upon Jamie's death.

A literal interpretation from the book of Mark in the King James Bible is the foundation of the Coots family's use of snakes during sermons.

Last year the National Geographic show "Snake Salvation" featured the Coots family and its spiritual use of snakes.

This bite might have scared Cody but he told WYMT, "It won't stop me from doing what I believe. It didn't shake me. It scared me but it didn't shake me, so we'll still pack them in the Lord's will."

Cody plans on bringing snakes to his services Wednesday.

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bottomtime321 May 28 2014 at 4:21 PM

And there you have it, the reason why America is Dumb as a Brick!

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janieturnage May 28 2014 at 3:58 PM

I suppose that people like this could be part of the reason a lot of people have developed a bad taste for religion. Good common sense says No, No. God gave us a mind to think with. How could this help anything at all?

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mchris1542 May 28 2014 at 3:46 PM

oh my goodness how foolish can people be?

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albertobmas May 28 2014 at 4:02 PM

Well I don't believe in god.So I'm not going to let a savage animal (snake in this case )to bite me unless an accident .It is in my opinion another form of stupidity.

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wayne May 28 2014 at 4:18 PM

it runs in the family. the apple didint fall too far from the tree.

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marjenbo May 28 2014 at 3:49 PM

A real genius right here.

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Sweetpea May 28 2014 at 4:12 PM

Seems to me that if these fanatics really had true faith in The Almighty, in addition to handling poisonous serpents, and sometimes dying for their folly, and drinking cyanide, under the protection of God, why don't they fling themselves from the tops of tall buildings and in the path of oncoming trains to tempt God even farther, and be saved by His Grace. Poisons can be manipulated, and snakes, even rattlers can get used to being handled without feeling threatened and biting, sometimes. Why don't they do something really really impressive?

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pianotunergary May 28 2014 at 4:32 PM

Because it looks like a Boa and a Boa bite won't kill you . When he gets about 8 feet and wraps himself around your fat, empty head ,he'll sqeeze what little gray matter you have ,all over the floor .

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Sparky5229 May 28 2014 at 5:39 PM

Next time maybe 10 snakes will bite you and you can go see the lord and tell him how stupid you were.

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rjf03 Sparky5229 May 28 2014 at 10:00 PM

For give me Lord, for I am a dumbass.

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star1956dw Sparky5229 May 29 2014 at 8:37 AM

lol God is going to tell them

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patriot1too May 28 2014 at 4:39 PM

May God bless that family, their church and their strong faith. God bless America.

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