PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — A venomous cottonmouth that was concealed outside a Florida man's home bit him when he walked out the front door on Independence Day.

Zamar Miller, 19, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel his life flashed before his eyes when he screamed and rushed back inside.

Four officers responded to the home in Pembroke Pines. They snapped a photo so paramedics could identify the snake and administer the proper anti-venom.

"If you are bitten by a snake, seek medical assistance as soon as possible," police wrote in a statement. "Take a picture of the snake or memorize its appearance, so that medical professionals can easily identify the species. Immobilize the bitten area, and keep it elevated at heart level or above."

Police say the snake was released at a wetlands location -- away from people.

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