Croc hunter's son OK with first snake bite

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Bindi Irwin, left, her brother Robert Irwin pose for pictures during a promotional event at FAO Schwarz in New York, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. The Irwin's were there to promote their new line of toys and their conservation efforts. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK -- Like father, like son?

The 4-year-old son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin wasn't at all alarmed when he was recently bitten by a baby boa constrictor, according to his mother.

"He picked one of them up and it bit him on the finger, and he was so proud to have copped his first hit," Irwin's widow, Terri, said Monday.

"He said, 'I hope it wasn't venomous,' so I assured Robert I wouldn't actually let him play with venomous snakes," she added.

Terri Irwin said the couple's 9-year-old daughter, Bindi, was first bitten by a snake when she was 18 months old.

Steve Irwin, known through his nature TV series as a wrangler of crocodiles and snakes, died in 2006 from a stingray's barbed tail during an underwater documentary shoot. He was 44.

Irwin provoked an international outcry in 2004 after being filmed holding his then 1-month-old son while feeding a snapping crocodile.

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