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effects of rattlesnake and copperhead bites

17 years ago

I know in the U.S. less than a dozen people die a year but what percentage of bites result in permanent injury? How often do fingers or other body parts need to be amputated after a bite? Anyone know? I couldn't really find much info on the internet. It seems to me like copperhead bites are not really that dangerous and would need no treatment and someone could just "ride it out" after being bitten. A rattlesnake bite might require antivenom though unless it was a "dry" bite. What I'm curious about though is assuming you live through the bite is there any permament effects?

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