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Snake and Lizard Bites - Check Your Symptoms

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If you are not sure what type of snake or lizard bit you, call the Poison Control Center immediately to help identify the snake or lizard and determine the next steps to take. Medicine to counteract the effects of the poison (antivenom) can save a limb or your life.

Have you been bitten by a large nonpoisonous snake, such as a boa constrictor, python, or anaconda?

Do you think you have an infection at the site of a bite?

Do you think a snake's or lizard's tooth is still in the wound?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

Have your symptoms continued after home treatment or medical treatment?

Other Symptoms to Watch For

Review health risks that may increase the seriousness of your symptoms.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 06, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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