Snake dies from baby’s bite

2012-01-27 08:40

Tel Aviv – An encounter between a snake and a baby in an Israeli city ended unexpectedly when the boy killed the reptile – by biting off its head.

The one-year-old, named Imad Gadir, from Shfaram in northern Israel found the 35cm-long snake in his room yesterday morning and was chewing on it when his mother found him, the Ynet news website reported today.

Her horrified screams alerted a neighbour who rushed to the house and grabbed the remains of the snake from the boy’s hands.

“I guess the kid acted out of a childish instinct when he put the snake in his mouth,” Ynet quoted snake catcher Eli Cohen as saying.

“Luckily for him, the coin snake isn’t poisonous; otherwise, it could have ended in a tragedy.”

The bite of a coin snake is not poisonous but can be dangerous to anyone allergic to it.

The snake chokes its prey, Cohen said, adding that had it been larger, Imad could well have been strangled.

The infant sustained no injuries from his encounter but was taken to a hospital in Haifa for a medical check to be on the safe side.

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