Man Bitten By Rattler in Luggage

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Mclean, Va. (AP) Snakes on a plane? How about one in your luggage?

That's what happened to a Virginia man bitten by what authorities believe was a young canebrake rattlesnake.

High school rowing coach Andy Bacas reached into his luggage Monday after returning from a team trip to South Carolina when he felt a sharp pain. That's when he saw the nearly foot-long venomous snake and slammed the luggage shut.

Firefighters later killed the snake with a blast from a fire extinguisher. Bacas went to the hospital for treatment.

Local authorities say there's no evidence the snake was deliberately put into the bag.

A snake expert says it's conceivable a snake would crawl into luggage seeking warmth or shelter, but his first instinct is to suspect some sort of prank