By Josie May 25h, 2023
Coral snakes are pretty to look at with their banded pattern – but you should keep your distance as their bite can be incredibly toxic.
These scaly creatures are distributed across various regions worldwide.
They're one of the most lethal snakes in North America.
Coral snake bites usually occur when individuals accidentally come into contact with the snake while walking, gardening, or handling firewood.
The snakes have small fangs, and their bites may be painless, making them difficult to detect immediately.
Systemic symptoms include weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and difficulty breathing.
Neurological symptoms may manifest as tingling sensations, muscle weakness, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing, and speech impairment.
In the event of a coral snake bite on an arm or leg, it is vital to keep the affected limb positioned at or slightly below the level of the heart.
Individuals with coral snake bites will often require hospitalization to closely monitor their vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
Some individuals may experience chronic pain or nerve damage from coral snake bites.
Sustained pain management and rehabilitation may be necessary.