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Old 08-31-2023, 05:45 PM   #1
Martin Nowak
Coral Snake Bite (alleged) posted on Reddit

Hopefully there will be knowledgable informed reptile keeper comments on this story.
Comments in the Reddit post are ..... well .....
Posted 8/30/2023
Old 08-31-2023, 10:16 PM   #2
Socratic Monologue
"...Texas licensed herpetologist..."

Umm. I didn't know a person needed a license to be a herpetologist anywhere, least of all Texas. Gotta regulate the study of reptiles lest everyone do it all willy nilly and mess it all up, I guess.
Old 08-31-2023, 10:54 PM   #3
Martin Nowak
"Compared to other venomous snakes, their bite marks can be easily missed, often showing no significant local tissue damage, obvious injury, or pain."

Source: National Capital Poison Control Center

"There is little or no pain and swelling, and symptoms may not appear for hours."


Unbearable pain. (?)
The helicopter flight was fun even with unbearable pain. (?)
Only 4 vials antivenin in the whole state of Texas. (?)
3 bites translates into needing 6 vials. (?)
Venom depresses breathing and he received morphine, fentanyl, and dilaudid. (?)
He was flown to Shreveport instead of the antivenin flown to his location. (?)

Regardless of the credibility of the story, or elements of the story, it will be of interest to readers what the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends for treatment. ACEP Toxicology Section recommendations for treating coral snake bite link below. Note that if specific coral snake antivenin is not available, ACEP recommends using closely related elapid antivenins which are often more available in zoos and other locations.

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