Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

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Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:26 am

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Cambodia News (Banteay Meanchey): a 50-year-old man, Lom Nhem, a farmer, got seriously injured after getting bitten by an echis carinatus snakes in Thmor Pok district, Banteay Meanchey. The victim was sent to the hospital for treatment.
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Re: Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

Post by Brewer » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:54 am

Isn't that a Russell's Viper?
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Re: Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:50 am

Excellent observations Brewer.

I wasn't absolutely sure myself after comparing photos. i actually came down more on the side of Echis carinatus, Saw-scaled Viper - because the pattern seemed more cross-hatched than Russells
There are 4 or 5 subspecies but i can find NO references to them in SE ASia. Only Africa to India where they cause many deaths.

I think you are right. Russells Vipers, Daboia russelii, are common here.
"Russell's vipers are responsible for thousands of snakebite envenoming cases in South and South East Asia, according to the World Health Organization. Bites by this snake are a major cause of acute kidney injury requiring haemodialysis. "

This may be a Siamese Russell's viper.
One thing to remember is that different sub-species, and different individuals, can have wide variations in colour and pattern, that is why it is good to check other physical features and compare them with descriptions.

In any case - this farmer is very lucky if he survives, but may have kidney problems in the future.
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Re: Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

Post by Ravensnest » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:56 am

that's it guys. Daboia siamensis – Eastern Russell’s Viper, Siamese Russell’s Viper

There is a good FB group for identifying snakes in KoW. Snakes of Cambodia
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Re: Farmer Gets Bitten by Echis Carinatus Snake in Banteay Meanchey

Post by AndyKK » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:32 pm

It seems to be a bad year for people getting bit in this area
Always "hope" but never "expect".
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