Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Snakebites?

Richard H. Sinert, DO


January 10, 2017

If no symptoms occur within 8-12 hours, no evenomation may have occurred. This is called a dry bite. At least 25% of viper bites are dry, but as many as 50% may be venomous. Copperhead bites are generally limited to localized tissue destruction. Rattlesnakes can cause both localized symptoms and systemic toxicity. Cobra bites frequently do not result in envenomation and are so-called dry bites.

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