Toddler bites snake to death after sinking fangs into her lip

A 2-year-old girl responded to a snakebite on her lip by biting it back, killing the reptile.

The toddler, who is from the village of Kantar near Bingol in Turkey, was bitten on August 10. According to media reports, her neighbors heard her screaming as the snake attacked her in her backyard.

When they reached her, they found her with a bite mark on her lip and a 20-inch snake between her teeth. The snake later died from the toddler’s revenge bite, while the 2-year-old was taken to Bingol Maternity and Children’s Hospital for treatment for her injuries. After 24 hours of observation, she recovered well.

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Stock image of a green whip snake from Italy biting a human finger. A toddler from Turkey was bitten on the lip by an unknown species of snake, which bit her back.
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Because of their smaller body mass, children are much more susceptible to the venomous effects of snake bites than adults, according to the WHO. Depending on the species of snake, snake venom contains either neurotoxins, which disrupt nerve impulses, or hemotoxins, proteins that disrupt blood clotting. The effects of a bite can therefore include paralysis, bleeding, organ failure, and tissue damage.

The species of snake involved in the incident is unknown. Of the 45 species of snakes found in Turkey, 12 are poisonous. However, since the little girl isn’t seriously ill, it’s likely that she was fortunately bitten by a non-venomous species.

“Our neighbors told me that the snake was in my child’s hand, she was playing with it and then she bit her,” Mehmet Ercan, the girl’s father, who was at work when the snake bite occurred, told the media Media Sources .

“Then she bit the snake back in response.”

The WHO estimates that around 5.4 million people are bitten by snakes worldwide every year, including 2.7 million by venomous snakes. It is estimated that between 81,000 and 138,000 people die each year as a result of snakebite, with three times as many suffering permanent paralysis or even amputation as a result of the venom.

Specifically, in Turkey, where the little girl was bitten, a total of 550 snakebite cases were reported in the nine years between 1995 and 2004, according to the National Poison Information Center (NPIC). About 24.3 percent of these incidents occurred in June, the most common month, and were mainly observed in the Marmara, Central Anatolia and Black Sea regions.

Snake bites can be treated with anti-venoms, often made from the venom of the snake itself. However, the production of antivenoms faces a number of problems, as few countries have the capacity to produce high-quality snake venoms of sufficient quality for the production of antivenoms. Toddler bites snake to death after sinking fangs into her lip

Rick Schindler

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