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Copperhead Snake Attacks Woman in LongHorn Steakhouse

Copperhead Snake Attacks Woman in LongHorn Steakhouse

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A woman was rushed to the hospital after a copperhead snake attacked her at LongHorn Steakhouse in Virginia.

Rachel Myrick was barely through the restaurant’s entrance when she felt a sharp pain in her foot, similar to a bee sting. The slithering reptile bit her twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot.

“I freaked out,” Myrick told Fredricksburg.com, recalling that she yelled, “I got bit! I got bit!”

Her boyfriend and son then stomped on the snake to kill it. Myrick left in an ambulance and was admitted to a local hospital where staff monitored the swelling of her foot. After it extended past her knee, health officials administered antivenin — a process that took over an hour — in addition to morphine and Benadryl. Apparently, the rest of the dinner party stayed behind for dinner, which the restaurant manager comped.

After five days in the hospital, Myrick was released on crutches. But, she says it will take at least three months to fully recover. “It’s painful just to ride in the car. There’s very little that I can do. I can’t work. I can’t take my kids anywhere. Even phone calls are very difficult because I’m medicated. I can chat, but I can’t negotiate a contact on someone’s behalf,” Myrick, who works in real estate, told Fredricksburg.com. “They say that your life can change in a moment, and they’re absolutely correct.”

A spokesperson for LongHorn Steakhouse told The Washington Post that the incident was “highly unusual” and that the restaurant is working with its facilities team to determine how the snake got into the restaurant, adding that they were “taking steps to prevent it from happening again.”

The Daily Meal has reached out to LongHorn Steakhouse for comment but has yet to receive a response. Do snakes put you in the mood for steaks? LongHorn didn’t quite make the cut — sorry, mate — but here are America’s best inexpensive steakhouses.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


  • Rachel Myrick, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hospitalized and faces three months of recovery after she was bitten by a snake at LongHorn Steakhouse
  • The incident happened the evening of September 12 when Myrick was walking in to the restaurant with her loved ones
  • When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead
  • A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital, where she was treated for the poisonous bite
  • She suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh and now walks with crutches

Published: 21:48 BST, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 23 September 2017

Rachel Myrick was with her son, boyfriend and other family members when she was bit by a venomous snake outside of LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

A Virginia woman faces three months of recovery time after she bitten by a snake outside of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

Rachel Myrick was entering the chain eatery located at 10012 Southpoint Pkwy in Fredericksburg with her son, boyfriend and other family members the evening of September 12 when she felt a sudden sting on her left foot.

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told local newspaper The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle was caused by a bee.

'I had my fingers under my foot and that's when I felt something moving,' Myrick explained of the incident.

When she looked down, Myrick found what her boyfriend described to be an 8-inch-long copperhead snake hooked on her sandal. In a panic, she shook it off.

She recalled: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

The incident happened in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the 10012 Southpoint Pkwy location

Myrick, a realtor in the city, told The Free Lance-Star she initially believed the painful tingle from the snake (pictured) was caused by a bee

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead

Myrick was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh

Her partner, Michael Clem, initially identified the snake as a copperhead and told the newspaper he worked around snakes and other reptiles for several years.

'I've bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,' Clem said. 'There was no question what it was.'

When an emergency crew arrived to the scene, they confirmed the snake was the venomous copperhead.

According to livescience.com, copperhead venom is 'relatively mild, and their bites are rarely fatal for humans.'

Myrick recalled to The Free Lance-Star: 'I freaked out,' and hollered out to her family, 'I got bit! I got bit!'

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital

Myrick now walks on crutches and was told by doctors she had months of healing left

A crying Myrick was transported that evening to the nearby Mary Washington Hospital where she was treated for the poisonous bite.

She was bitten twice on her toes and once on the side of her foot and suffered swelling on her feet, hip and left thigh.

During her treatment, Myrick was given 'antivenin intravenously' and 'morphine for pain, (as well as) Benadryl for itching and an antinausea medication,' according to The Free Lance-Star.

Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet for several months and use crutches for assistance.


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