A Florida man is in critical condition after a rattlesnake bit him Tuesday afternoon in Putnam County, authorities say.

Putnam County Fire Rescue responded to Airport Estates Road after getting a call about the snakebite around 4:30 p.m., says a fire rescue captain.

“He was handling it (the snake), it was calm. He was drinking a little bit, holding the snake, went to like, kiss it, and it bit him,” said one neighbor.

The man was conscious but had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Authorities believe the snake is an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

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