When a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his central Washington property Monday, 53-year-old Danny Anderson sliced its head off-and it came back to bite him, literally.

From The Seattle Times:

_Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and cut off its head with a shovel. A few more strikes to the head left it sitting under a pickup truck.

“When I reached down to pick up the head, it raised around and did a backflip almost, and bit my finger,” Anderson said. “I had to shake my hand real hard to get it to let loose.”

Anderson was in the hospital until Wednesday afternoon._

What do you think? Freak accident, or should he not have been messing with the rattler to begin with?