CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL -- David Weathers, a Punta Gorda man known for his regular appearances on MTV's "Wildboyz," was bitten by a rattlesnake and hospitalized Tuesday night, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
This morning, Weathers is in good condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, said Alex Reichert, patient flow coordinator.
Dispatchers said they received a report at 8:29 p.m. that a 30-year-old on Little Farm Road had been bitten by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
Weathers was taken to Lee Memorial, dispatchers said. At the time of transport, he was reportedly showing signs of paralysis and shortness of breath.
He owns a property at 41180 Little Farm Road in Punta Gorda.
Lee Memorial Hospital emergency room officials confirmed Weathers was there but said his condition had not changed late Tuesday night.
A former president of the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary formerly located in North Fort Myers, Weathers was recruited for the "Wildboyz" show in 2003, 11 months after a monacled cobra bit and nearly killed him.
The cobra bite, near his belly button, caused respiratory problems and kidney failure for Weathers.
But when he recovered, he had interview requests rolling in from shows such as "Ripley's Believe it or Not" and "The Montel Williams Show."
"Wildboyz," which starred Steve-O, Manny Puig and Chris Pontius, debuted on MTV in 2003.
It was later moved to MTV-2 but was cancelled last year.
Weathers also appeared in "Jackass: The Movie 2." He even attended the red-carpet premiere in Hollywood.
In a 2006 interview with The News-Press, Weathers boasted during the film he made Bam Margera cry after locking the "Viva la Bam" star in a horse trailer with a king cobra.
Locally, his love of dangerous animals has gotten him in the news before.
In 2004, he told The News-Press neighbors were trying to get him kicked out of his neighborhood because of his lions.
On Dec. 30, 2003, burglars let a crocodile owned by Weathers out of its cage at the Octagon; it was not found for two weeks. The Octagon closed in 2004.