Snake Bite

Bite Marks

Snake Bite

Bite Marks

Fangs

             Venomous snakes have two functional fangs on each maxila at any one time. They have also few reserve fangs, when the functional fangs breaks the reserve fang takes its position and become functional.

Bite Marks

                Although venomous snakes have 2 fangs, but not always you will find 2 puncture marks at the bitten site. The difference in bite marks can be from minor scartch to multiple fang marks. This is because the elapids (Cobras, Krats, King Cobra, etc.) generally have a chewing bite, whereas the vipers have a stab and release bite

We have collected different types of bite marks from single fang maek to very wide 2 fang mark; from fainted/invisible marks to scratch mark. We hope these can be helpful for doctors as well as common public.

Snake bite Deaths in Odisha

A total of 2954 snakebite deaths were reported in Odisha during the last 5 years. (Source- The New Indian Express dt. 18 August 2019)

Year

2019-20 (Four months)

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

Number of deaths

237

811

823

605

478