Chief investigator, King County Office of the Medical Examiner, Seattle, WA
Pathologist, Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, WA
Washoe County Coroner, Reno, NV
(Received 26 January 1988; accepted 31 March 1988)
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.
Paper ID: JFS12628J