(Received 26 January 1988; accepted 31 March 1988)
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A 21-month-old male was found dead in his crib. An escaped pet python snake (Python reticulatus) was found near the child on a cribside shelf. Autopsy findings included petechiae associated with asphyxial death plus puncture wounds consistent with the reptile's teeth. This report details this 1982 death of a child in Reno, Nevada, and includes illustration of the reptile's bite marks plus description of snake jaw mechanics in swallowing.
Chief investigator, King County Office of the Medical Examiner, Seattle, WA
Pathologist, Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, WA
Washoe County Coroner, Reno, NV
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