FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 12-year-old Fairfax Station boy is recovering tonight after getting bitten by a poisonous Copperhead.
He spent the night in Fairfax Inova Hospital after receiving anti-venom.
Seeing a snakes is not uncommon for Michael's family since they live close to the Occoquan reservoir. But, Michael's mom says she's going to make sure everybody has boots on when they go outside.
It was dark outside when 12-year-old Michael Alford walked out a side door and stepped on what he thought was a lizard at first. He looked down, pulled his foot away and saw a tan, 12-inch snake bite his ankle. He ran around to the front of his house and banged on the door to be let inside.
"I'm like, what do you mean you got bit by a snake? What snake?," his mother Kara Allan said. She didn't realize it was her son banging on the door. He told her he saw the snake slither into their garage. So, Allan and Michael's older sister went down to investigate. They found it.
"It was hissing at us because it was pissed it just got stepped on. And we were like, AHH. We didn't know what it was going to do," Allan said.
The snake moved out of the garage and Allan called her dad who knows about snakes. She told him it had a diamond pattern and was brownish-tan.
"That's a copperhead. I told them you need to get him to the emergency room," said Calvin Young.
Allan took her son to an Inova's medical facility in Lorton where his foot started swelling and turning purple. In a photo she took, you can see two tiny pricks next to his ankle and just below an old scar.
She says it was lucky Michael's grandmother showed up. Because she's the one who told the staff that he needed anti venom immediately.
After Michael received the anti venom, he was transported to Inova Fairfax where he spent a day and a half.
The swelling's gone down, and he still can't walk, but he will be back to normal soon. With one good story to tell. He'll be an eighth grader at South County Middle School.
The family lives in Fairfax Station in the Occoquan and has seen many black snakes and a copperhead in the past.