Volume 34, Issue 1 (January 1989)

    Death Caused by a Constricting Snake—An Infant Death

    (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.

    Author Information:

    Haglund, B
    Chief investigator, King County Office of the Medical Examiner, Seattle, WA

    Cox, RA
    Pathologist, Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, WA

    McCarty, VO
    Washoe County Coroner, Reno, NV

    Stock #: JFS12628J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12628J

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    Title Death Caused by a Constricting Snake—An Infant Death
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30