02/03/2012 08:21 am ET | Updated Feb 03, 2012

'Snake Man Of Appalachia': Boy Gets Bitten By Snake (VIDEO)

Verlin Short, a.k.a. the "Snake Man Of Appalachia" (Thu., 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet), has one of those jobs that come with big risks. Such as being bitten by snakes.

Although Verlin knows how to approach and handle snakes, not everyone in his circle does. That became clear on a recent hunting trip with his friend and his friend's son.

One rule of loading captured snakes into a box is that "when you put a snake in the box make sure the snake is always back in the box when you shut the lid."

Forgetting that golden rule, Verlin's buddy's son reached down to shut the lid and was bitten by a snake. Fortunately, although it hurt -- "I felt little-bitty tiny teeth" -- the snake was not venomous so the boy was not in serious danger.

Follow the fangs on "Snake Man Of Appalachia," Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.

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