By Josie  May 25th, 2023

Cone Snail Bite

Cone Snail Bite

A Lethal Invertebrate:

The Cone Snail sports a beautiful shell admired by collectors worldwide, but it also contains a lethal bite.

Let's prepare you in case you encounter one!

They are not aggressive and only attack when they feel threatened.

Accidental contact can occur while swimming, snorkeling, or wading in tropical waters.

Let's get familiar with the symptoms than can appear after a cone snail bite!

Worst case, it can even lead to respiratory failure.

#1 Respiratory Distress

It is particularly dangerous if the person is in the water, as they may struggle to reach the surface to get air.

The venom of cone snail bite causes a rapid drop in blood pressure, leading to a loss of consciousness and potentially fatal complications.

#2 Cardiovascular Failure 

#3 Immediate Pain & Swelling

The pain of a cone snail bite may be described as a sharp, stabbing sensation, and the affected area may become red and swollen.

#4 Vision Changes

Some species of cone snail venom can affect their victim’s vision. This may include blurred vision, double vision, or even temporary blindness.

Bites from cone snails are a severe medical emergency that demands immediate attention.

Here's what to do in case you step on one:

Even if you don’t feel any pain or experience any other symptoms, it is important to get checked. Some cone snail venoms act very quickly and can cause death within hours.

Seek Help Immediately

Keep It Immobilized

Keep the affected limb still and immobilized to slow down the venom’s spread.

Avoid washing the wound or applying ice, it can cause the venom to spread more rapidly.

- Avoid Touching or Handling Cone Snails

Prevention of Cone Snail Bites

- Wear Protective Clothing and Footwear

- Stay Alert and Aware of Your Surroundings

- Read Local Warnings and Signage

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