Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

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Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby Fooble » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:42 am

Here's something interesting.

On Saturday the 8th November myself and a friend were doing some field herping in a small patch of veld in Glen Austin, Johannesburg.

We'd come across five or six snakes, some frogs and a few lizards.

We came across a snake around 750mm in length, i picked up the snake to take a closer look at it (knowing it's identity) it managed to bite me twice, first bite was just a quick on and off whilst the second bite the snake proceeded to bite down rather hard with some intent

Not being overly concerned i took perhaps 30 seconds to gentle remove the snake ( as to not damage it's teeth/mouth) from my left hand where it had attached itself just below the thumb.

The bite site bleed freely for 2-3 minutes.

At around 11:30pm Saturday evening the hand has swollen considerably, skin quite tight and a noticeable throbbing and a definite stiffness in the thumb where the bite occurred which was also quite uncomfortable.

These photo's where taken approximately 36 hours after the bite occurred.

So what can we deuce from this?
Personally i know scores of people who has no affect to bites of this snake
myself included but never to this extent.

Goes to show different snakes can have different affects on people.
Saying X snake won't cause you any harm because X person has been bitten before isn't always true.

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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby Mitton » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:55 am

With this damn postal strike my invite to go herping must still be on it's way! :twisted:
That is very interesting. I have been bitten by these a few times but always make sure to not let them hang on for long for this exact reason, you just never know.
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby rolandslf » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:57 am

Thanks Tyrone for the post.
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:28 pm

Interesting, though I can't say that I'm surprised. I maintain that there are a few species believed to be only mildly venomous that can, in fact, inflict rather serious bites.
For this reason I take precaution not get bitten by any venomous snake, and also particularly avoid the back-fanged species hanging on.
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby jka » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:40 pm

Excellent series of photos.
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby Fooble » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:46 pm

Mitton wrote:With this damn postal strike my invite to go herping must still be on it's way! :twisted:
That is very interesting. I have been bitten by these a few times but always make sure to not let them hang on for long for this exact reason, you just never know.
Thanks for sharing.


Was a very spur of the moment mission Eugene but put it this way next time I'm up we should go check this spot out found some nice stuff there!

Funny enough i have suspicion there's some infection going on hence the swelling and discomfort not the results of the venom itself.
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby jka » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:49 pm

Fooble wrote:Funny enough i have suspicion there's some infection going on hence the swelling and discomfort not the results of the venom itself.


Hopefully nothing to hectic neh, those STI's can be a bummer!

Post some of the finds we are all eager to see what was found
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Re: Snake bite from a Mildly venomous snake.

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:07 pm

Nice one Fooble ;)

I once took a bite from Psammophis leightoni a few year back and had even a worse reaction than that. Mildly venomous??

I dont think the swelling and discomfort will be due to infection. I recon it's just the effects of the venom.

BTW, awesome Skaapie, very nice striped pattern, almost patternless. Did you get any decent pics of it?
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