Toddler mistakens a venomous snake for toy; bites snake to death

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Parents, always keep an eye on your children. This woman found her child with a dead snake on his mouth.

As the old saying goes, when a dog bites a man, that is not news. But when a man bites a dog, that is news. Same way goes for the rare case of this 17-month old toddler from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil who made headlines worldwide after killing a venomous snake by biting it to death.

Jaine Ferreira Figueira, mother of the toddler who was named Lorenzo told the reporters that she left her son playing on the garden with their family dog. She then noticed that Lorenzo was unusually quiet, so she went and take a look and was surprised by what she discovered.



The 19-year old mother was frightened upon finding her son with a dying snake on its mouth and blood stained on his hands. At first, she thought that the family dog killed the snake but then all doubts disappear when Lorenzo turned up inside the room with the snake on his mouth.
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I shouted to call my husband. Lorenzo has blood around the mouth and on the hands. I think he thought a snake was a toy and chewed it.

They immediately rushed to a local hospital to give Lorenzo the anti venom, along with the dead snake placed in a jar. However, the doctors were equally surprised and declared that it was probably Lorenzo's bite that killed the snake.

But it only gets worse. Medical experts who examined Lorenzo identified the snake as a young jararaca or pit viper which happens to be one of the most dangerous types of snake in the world. A single bite from the snake has a 70 percent fatality rate if left untreated.



He bit the snake close to its head, which immobilized it and prevented it from biting him. The boy was very shaken up — I think it was a self-defense instinct that kicked in, or he thought it was a toy, the doctor said.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo was not harmed from the incident. You could assume that the snake got a dose of its own medicine.

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