Baby chews off snake's head

2012-01-27 15:44

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 1-year-old, named Imad Gadir from Shfaram in northern Israel, found the 35-cm-long snake in his room on Thursday morning and was chewing on it when his mother found him, the Ynet newssite reported on Friday.

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.

  • Johan Retief - 2012-01-27 15:51

    So...2000 years of war makes you a hard group of people. Poor snake did not stand a chance.

      padayachee - 2012-01-27 16:07


      Daniel - 2012-01-27 17:00


      Barry - 2012-01-27 19:49

      It is called teething Bless him !

      Jou - 2012-01-28 14:46

      SOAB!!! These Israelis are hardcore!! Send him straight to SF when he's old enough.

  • Deon - 2012-01-27 16:04

    These Israeli's are tough.

  • Cyril - 2012-01-27 16:29

    you dont mess with the zohan :P

  • nthathanem - 2012-01-27 16:39

    Hahahaaaaaa, what a tough baby.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 16:43

    What an odd occurence! Glad it all turned out well in the end!

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-27 16:49

    closest I ever got to eating a snake, was those wine-gummy type snakes that came out in various colours in a the green packet - anyone ever remember those?

      Daniel - 2012-01-27 17:05

      I remember those sour-ones, almost like the sour worms...haha anyway my closest as well yeah!

  • Daniel - 2012-01-27 17:00

    Power of Allah

      Gerhard - 2012-01-28 15:02

      You mean Allah the arabian moongod?

      timelord - 2012-01-28 15:16

      wtf dude ...

  • Karmah - 2012-01-27 17:14

    Like a Boss!

  • Gaby - 2012-01-27 17:49

    Man I heard Israeli's raise their kids tough, but now I think they just pop out that way!

  • Graham T Nyagomo - 2012-01-27 19:18


  • Anne - 2012-01-27 19:57

    Nom Nom Nom. L'Chaim!

  • Gerrie - 2012-01-28 12:22

    That parents need to put up sign, beware of the baby, he bites

  • Garth - 2012-01-28 15:18

    Poison is ingested, so yes the baby is very lucky that the snake was not `poisonous' and merely(did I say merely?) a constrictor. `The bite of a coin snake is not poisonous . . .' and quite right too, for it could only be venomous or non-venomous. POISON IS INGESTED! VENOM IS INJECTED! BOTH HOWEVER ARE TOXINS!

  • Sandra - 2012-01-28 23:25

    High 5 Imad....respect!!!

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