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Poisonous Snake Bites - Clinical Effects
By: C.M.Shorter

There are many different types of snakes throughout the world. In most probability, the most likely place you will see one of these remarkable creatures is in a confined habitat. There are two primary groups of snakes. The following charts show the snake families, their grouping in the animal kingdom and the clinical effect if a poisonous snake bite is delivered. CLICK HERE TO SEE ANIMAL WEBCAMS

Group Family Snake Bite - Local Effects Invenomation - Systemic Effects
Usually dominant Hemotoxic venom affecting the circulatory system.
True Vipers with movable front fangs.

Pit Vipers with movable front fangs and the presence of RATTLES on their tails.


Asian Pit Vipers
Intense Pain, Swelling, Necrosis Hemorrhaging, internal organ breakdown, blood cells destroyed.
Usually dominant Neurotoxic venom affecting the nervous system.
Fixed Front Fangs

Cobra (a)



Laticaudinae & Hydrophidae (d) Ocean-Living with fixed front fangs
(a) Various Pains, Swelling, Necrosis

(b) No local effects

(c) Little or no pain, no local symptoms

(d) Pain and local swelling
Respiratory Collapse
Note: The venom of the Gaboon Viper, the Rhinoceros Viper, the Tropical Rattlesnake and the Mojave Rattlesnake is both strongly Hemotoxic and Neurotoxic.

See also:
  How to Avoid Snake Bites | Poisonous Snake Bites Effects | Snake Venom | Snake Fangs

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