File photo of a pygmy rattlesnake
SUN CITY CENTER, Florida - A 6-year-old girl was rushed by her parents to a fire station Sunday night after suffering a possible rattlesnake bite to the foot near her home in Parrish.
Emergency crews from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Station #28 in Sun City Center say the girl and her frantic mother arrived at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters say the girl's foot was already swelling and had two large fang wounds from what appeared to be a large snake.
Firefighters rushed the girl across the street to South Bay Hospital, where she was then airlifted to Tampa General.
The parents say they did not actually see the snake that bit their daughter, but reported killing two rattlesnakes near their home in just the past several days.
An update on the girl's condition was not available late Sunday, but firefighters were hopeful she would survive.
Emergency crews recommend parents call 911 in the event of a snake bite or any other injury to a child so the nearest emergency crew can be dispatched and medical treatment can begin en-route to the hospital.