Is it true?- A python is not harmless. Let’s See…Can you tell if a python is poisonous or not without killing it? Can you kill a snake instead?
This was a question I would get asked a lot at school. There’s no way to tell if a snake is poisonous. If it bites someone, then the victim has only himself to blame! A little something to remember next time you see a snake…What do we mean by being poisonous?
Is there any other venomous animal that can be used in comparison with snakes?
There are many different types of venomous animals. Some of them have hazardous effects on humans, and some others are just not harmful. This video will talk about some of these animals and what they can do for us.
The first type of venomous animal is the one that causes people pain and discomfort when it bites them. These animals bite their prey and inject an acidic liquid into the wound, which helps digest the flesh. They also use this acid to cause damage to the skin so they can eat it later.
Many insects like ants, bees, spiders, and scorpions belong to this kind of venomous animal.
The second type of venomous animal causes death through its poison. Most of these animals eat plants and drink the sap of trees. When they swallow the sap, they become intoxicated and die from the toxins inside. Many animals produce this toxin as a defense mechanism against predators or enemies. Snakes, scorpions, and centipedes are examples of such animals.
But how about humans? Are there any deadly venomous animals that can harm a human? Although most of these creatures cannot kill anyone, they can cause various diseases and disorders. The deadliest animals among all are the ones that are found in the Amazon rainforest.
These creatures are known as vampire bats. They suck blood from tiny animals and humans. But their saliva contains a particular enzyme called batroxin. It kills the white blood cells, which prevent the body from fighting infections. So, the infected person dies within a few days.
So, are python bites poisonous?
Some people might say python bites are not poisonous, but, yes, they are.
The term “poison” means anything that can hurt or destroy your health. Bites of a poisonous snake can lead to serious illnesses, especially if injected with a certain amount of a substance called neurotoxin.
Neurotoxins affect the nervous system and brain, causing paralysis. An example of this is the cobra snake. Its fangs contain neurotoxins which can paralyze its victims. And this is what you need to avoid or escape from. So, a snakebite should always be treated immediately.
Poisons can be divided into two categories – contact poisons and systemic poisons. Contact poisons usually refer to substances that enter the body through the skin. Examples include pesticides, household products, insecticides, etc. Systemic toxins enter the body through ingestion or inhalation.
Contact poisons don’t usually cause any symptoms unless the dose is high enough. Ingesting too much of a chemical can cause severe vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, seizures, coma, and death. On the other hand, systemic poisoning induces more symptoms than contact poisoning because it affects everybody.
As long as a non-poisonous snake bites you, you won’t notice any symptoms. However, if a poisonous snake has bitten you, you’ll feel sick right away. For instance, if you’ve been bit by a coral snake, you may experience muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, confusion, excessive sweating, delirium, convulsions, and eventually shock.
According to their severity, poisons can be divided into v e classes: mild, moderate, severe, extremely severe, and lethal. Mild toxins usually aren’t painful.
Moderate poisons cause discomfort like headaches, soreness, burning sensations, dry mouth, restlessness, numbness, itching, nausea, shortness of breath, weakness, and trembling. Severe poisons make you very uncomfortable, like swollen limbs, intense pain, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, and unconsciousness. Extremely severe toxins cause organ failure, paralysis, convulsion, and cardiac arrest. Lethal poisons are so potent that no one survives them.
You shouldn’t worry if a poisonous snake bites your child. A majority of cases of snakebites do not end up fatal. Some kids have experienced minor reactions after being attacked by a rattlesnake. These reactions occur when the victim hasn’t developed an effective immune response yet.
A study conducted at Texas Children’s Hospital showed that only 5% of children bitten by snakes died due to snakebite. This percentage is lower than those who got stung by bees or wasps.
A bite from a poisonous snake can result in three different types of injuries. First, a puncture wound occurs when the fang penetrates the skin.
Second, there’s tissue damage that happens when the venom enters the bloodstream. Third, the poison spreads throughout the entire body to trigger local effects. The first type of injury has little impact on your health. But the second and third kinds might require medical attention.
Let’s take a look at how these three different kinds of injuries happen.
Snakebites often occur when the snake grabs its prey with its teeth then releases its fangs. Afterward, the fangs pierce the victim’s flesh and inject the venom. The venom travels through the capillaries, where it causes inflammation, swelling, blister formation, and blood clotting.
The venom itself contains proteins called enzymes. Enzymes break down tissue and destroy cells.
They also prevent tissues and organs from healing correctly. If left untreated, they can lead to gangrene, septicemia, necrosis, and even amputation.
While your body fights back against the venom, the body’s immune system tries to limit the toxins’ effect on your nerves and muscles. Sometimes, however, the venom invades the central nervous system and blocks nerve transmissions. This prevents the brain from controlling muscles and sometimes leads to paralysis.
If this happens, you’ll nd yourself unable to move your arms, legs, hands, feet, tongue, eyes, and ears.
You may also develop internal bleeding. In addition, you could die within hours.
However, some antidotes can help you manage the symptoms. One way is to inject a substance that will neutralize the poison. Another way is to insert a clean needle directly into the wound site to extract venom as possible.
So be careful with pythons; even if they are not poisonous, they can bite you as a defense!