atractaspididae bites

atractaspididae bites

Bites by the African burrowing asp or mole viper Atractaspis engaddensis that strikes sideways with a long fang. The result is pain, swelling, local tissue death, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing and sometimes respiratory failure.
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