3-year-old girl bitten by pygmy rattl...

3-year-old girl bitten by pygmy rattlesnake during camping trip

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 10, 2008, titled 3-year-old girl bitten by pygmy rattlesnake during camping trip. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A 3-year-old girl was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake Wednesday afternoon during a camping trip in Volusia County, officials said.

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look into this

Winter Park, FL

#1 Jul 10, 2008
Shoes!!!!
look into this

Winter Park, FL

#2 Jul 10, 2008
Glad she is ok but there are all sorts of critters in Florida. You need shoes with socks, flip flops, crocs not good enough if you are camping.
learn something

Shreveport, LA

#3 Jul 10, 2008
huh, I just learned something--I did not know that these snakes could "dry bite." Interesting.
_Cracker

Fort Myers, FL

#4 Jul 10, 2008
Scary
A Mother 2

Gainesville, FL

#5 Jul 10, 2008
"A warning bite" what the heck is a a warning bite?
ajnock

United States

#6 Jul 10, 2008
A Mother 2 wrote:
"A warning bite" what the heck is a a warning bite?
Don't you remember Bill Cosby begging the snakes under his bed to just 'give him a snaky little lick?'

Seriously...thankfully the little sweetheart is OK. My neighbor a few years ago, not so fortunate. Pygmies may not kill often, but they can hurt and scar badly.
Waldo

Palm Bay, FL

#7 Jul 10, 2008
My son was bit by a pygmy rattlesnake. Not a warning either. His arm swelled up but he came through it just fine. Snakes can do warning bites but even then she could have picked up some venom. As to shoes, yes that makes the most sense but she is a 3 year old. I have had three year olds and know how hard it is to force them to keep their shoes on. Granted camping at Hontoon Island should have been motivation enough to insist. They have warnings all over the place about the wildlife there. I took a group of Girl Scouts camping there and it is very rustic and they have lots of warnings. Girls were older so they understood. A three year old might not as much but parents should be wiser.
Bittersweet

Orlando, FL

#8 Jul 10, 2008
learn something wrote:
huh, I just learned something--I did not know that these snakes could "dry bite." Interesting.
That makes 2 of us.
UCF TailGator

Winter Park, FL

#9 Jul 10, 2008
What a considerate little snake.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#10 Jul 10, 2008
learn something wrote:
huh, I just learned something--I did not know that these snakes could "dry bite." Interesting.
I didn't know that either. Fascinating. Thank goodness the little girl will be ok.
Lady Stella

Altamonte Springs, FL

#11 Jul 10, 2008
UCF TailGator wrote:
What a considerate little snake.
LOL! That was cute.
later gator

Winter Park, FL

#12 Jul 10, 2008
Lucky little girl.

Since: May 08

Hogtown

#13 Jul 10, 2008
Finally a story in the Slantinel that is actually informative, factual, can teach folks something, and has a happy ending.
knowledge

Orlando, FL

#14 Jul 11, 2008
about 15%-20% of all venomous snake bites are dry bites. Dry bite is simply a term to indicate no venom was injected.
Baby snakes/new born snakes that are venomous are more likely to inject then older snakes that can and do control the venom when they bite.
Pygmy Dusky Rattle Snakes are the smallest of the rattle snakes here in the USA and are normally seen more often in the months of June and July. Also, if you see one there is a good chance within about 20ft. of that snake there is another.
Hope this helps.

Since: Jun 08

Lakeland, FL

#15 Jul 11, 2008
Thanks "Knowledge". Didn't know that. Very helpful.

Glad the little girl is ok. Very scary situation for her family.
Waldo

Palm Bay, FL

#16 Jul 11, 2008
knowledge wrote:
about 15%-20% of all venomous snake bites are dry bites. Dry bite is simply a term to indicate no venom was injected.
Baby snakes/new born snakes that are venomous are more likely to inject then older snakes that can and do control the venom when they bite.
Pygmy Dusky Rattle Snakes are the smallest of the rattle snakes here in the USA and are normally seen more often in the months of June and July. Also, if you see one there is a good chance within about 20ft. of that snake there is another.
Hope this helps.
Thanks from me too. Anyone who lives in Florida should try to learn about the wildlife here, especially snakes. Most are non poisonous and very helpful to have around. I have a black racer that likes to hang out in my bushes and I am happy to have him there. I hate rats and mice and think of this guy as a great rodent catcher. Many sankes that live here are very beneficial. BUT we also have the poisonous kind and your information is very helpful. Everyone needs to know the difference between the good ones and the not so good ones.
sad

Asheboro, NC

#17 Aug 19, 2008
shoes or good but they don't protect everywere like legs and arms. every snake bite sould get medacal treatmeant as soon as you cam vinamus or not they all hurt!
jajuan

Angier, NC

#18 Aug 4, 2009
omg shes proboly dead by now or saved
jajuan

Angier, NC

#19 Aug 4, 2009
IF she can survive that shes the toughest person I've heard about be careful okay
jarius

Angier, NC

#20 Aug 5, 2009
shes a brave kid!

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