Jacobi is the region's venomous bite treatment center. Downing knew that his need was great. "That snake kills more people than any snake in the world," he told PIX11 News Tuesday afternoon. "They [strike] really fast and have very toxic venom." Downing, 32, has significant experience with poisonous snakes, as well as a significant collection of them. "I'm trained to do this," he said in an interview on his front porch, still wearing the pajamas he'd worn the night before, when he was airlifted to the hospital. "I worked in exotic pet stores," he said, and has kept poisonous snakes as pets

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