Berg Adder Bite

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Berg Adder Bite

Postby shamroth » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:44 pm

As some of you may have heard I suffered my first major snake bite on Sunday, after being surprised by a berg adder while out hiking.

Was released from hospital yesterday. No neurological symptoms have shown, just a lot of swelling, up to my shoulder, and necrosis around the bite site on the middle finger of my right hand. Swelling began immediately after the bite reaching its peak after about 6 hours, and is still slowly decreasing. And need I even mention that the pain is excruciating! My symptoms were not as bad as they could have been but still not an experience I would recommend to anyone.

Will post pics when I get a chance to upload them.
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Re: Berg bite

Postby cvanvollenstee » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:48 pm

Cool some pics will be interesting.
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Re: Berg bite

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:50 pm

I look forward to the pics.

I hope you make a speedy recovery with no lasting effects.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby Fooble » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:36 pm

Sorry to hear that glad it was not severe.

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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby shamroth » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:51 pm

I had been sitting on a rock peak and as i moved off managed to put my hand down on top of it. Not the way I enjoy finding snakes.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby Rishaad » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:52 pm

Glad you are ok. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby nvlooi » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:06 pm

Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby Cradle of life » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:32 pm

shamroth wrote:I had been sitting on a rock peak and as i moved off managed to put my hand down on top of it. Not the way I enjoy finding snakes.

Some people have all the luck in finding snakes :twisted:
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby shamroth » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:07 pm

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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby nvlooi » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:17 pm

Ouch!!

Looks alot like the necrosis from "that other persons" N. nivae bite.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby Snakes4Africa » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:06 pm

Seriously ironic... A snake guy getting bitten by mistake!
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby Westley Price » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:32 am

I wouldn't have expected that much necrosis from a Berg Adder bite. I always assumed their bite only causes minor necrosis with mostly neurological symptoms.

Well I guess that is mild necrosis compared to a Puff Adder bite.

I think you will be surprised how "shallow" the necrosis is once you take the dead skin and tissue off. The key here is to keep it clean.

Good luck and please take pictures at regulat intervals.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby rolandslf » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:04 am

Sad to hear this but glad that you are alright.
I hope that you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby fredsmith » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:11 am

Eina! Looks painful indeed.
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Re: Berg Adder Bite

Postby michael » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:30 am

Hi Shamroth

That looks eina! If i was you i would have made that little snake do some hard time in a nicely set up display tank!!
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