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    Snake bites in Vietnam

    For the sake of curiosity................

    I've heard of Cobras being somewhat of a concern in Vietnam, and of course the infamous two step snake.

    Has anyone here who served in country actually seen any of these snakes or witnessed anyone being bitten by a venomous snake?
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    Re: Snake bites in Vitnam

    The only snake I heard of, that was a danger, was a Bamboo Viper , but they say the Many-banded krait (“two-step snake,”) is the worst !


    About 50% of all bites from this krait results in human death – even with the administration of anti-venin (antivenom). Death is the usual result if no treatment is given. The closely related Bungarus multicinctus is ranked 3rd in the world for toxicity of venom
    But to your question, no I have not seen one !
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    Re: Snake bites in Vietnam

    Seen them but no one I know was bitten. Did hear of a few who were startled on night watch and were bitten. It could have been a sea story, as I spent many nights on ambush and never saw one. That doesn't mean they weren't there. I wasn't looking for snakes.
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    Re: Snake bites in Vietnam

    One of the most impressive - but also scary - sight I saw while I was serving on the USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) in the Tonkin Gulf from 1972 - 1973 was breeding balls of sea snakes...hundreds if not more all over our OPAREA several different times...would not want to be the "Man Overboard" there!

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    Re: Snake bites in Vitnam

    Quote Originally Posted by VanHahner View Post
    The only snake I heard of, that was a danger, was a Bamboo Viper , but they say the Many-banded krait (“two-step snake,”) is the worst !
    But to your question, no I have not seen one !
    That was the thing of legend, the "two step snake"...You easily got 5-7 steps...LOL
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    That was the thing of legend, the "two step snake"...
    True !
    "The local symptoms of victims bitten by the many-banded krait are usually neither serious swelling nor pain; the victims merely feel slightly itchy and numb. Systemic symptoms occur, in general, one to four hours after being bitten by this snake. Symptoms may include bilateral ptosis, diplopia, discomfort in the chest, general ache, weak feeling in limbs, ataxia, glossolysis, loss of voice, dysphagia, tunnel vision, and difficulty breathing."
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    Yeah. Basically you feel like you're dying. Because you are.
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    Re: Snake bites in Vietnam

    Was in Kenya with my wife on Safari watching the Hippos wallow. Turned around and headed back up the trail when a Black Momba fell out of a tree right behind me and started to slither rapidly toward me. My wife said to look out. I picked up a rock and peened it in the head and changed its about biting me. Good times. Semper Fi David

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    Re: Snake bites in Vietnam

    You should try out for the MLB.
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    Thumper, What in the world is MLB? Semper Fi David

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