Mangrove snake bites are usually minor and can be treated with topical antibiotics.
The mangrove snake, or Boiga dendrophila, is a snake from tropical regions with an average length of 1.5 to 1.8 m. It is native to Southeast Asia in areas such as Thailand and the Philippines. The mangrove is also commonly referred to as the boiga snake or the gold-ringed cat snake and tends to seek out damp swamps to live. This snake can be identified by its small yellow stripes on a black body and rear fangs.
Keeping a wound clean is the most important aspect of treatment for most bites.
During spring and summer, the mangrove snake is actively breeding in wetlands. They typically lay eggs about three to four times during these seasons and are considered the most dangerous during the incubation period of their eggs. The rest of the time, they are considered to be very nervous creatures with a very strong temper and are generally not meant to be handled or playful.
A person who has been bitten by a mangrove snake may see a doctor to check for the presence of toxins.
The bite of a mangrove snake is usually only fatal to small creatures. Their bite contains a mild neurotoxin, but they are not considered a threat to humans. Since a mangrove snake’s fangs are located at the back of its mouth and are curled backwards, it is usually very difficult for it to use this toxin on anything but its prey. These snakes usually prey on lizards, frogs and mice. Even in these cases, the mangrove must repeatedly bite or chew a creature to use the toxin.
If bitten by a mangrove snake, it is usually recommended that a person treat the wound for infection and cover it up. Keeping the wound clean is usually the most important aspect of treatment for most bites. The victim may also wish to see a medical professional simply to be examined for any toxin or to receive antibiotics. The mangrove snake does not usually leave a wound large enough to require stitches, and topical antibiotics should take care of the healing process quickly.
Although the mangrove snake is not considered a fatal threat to humans, natives of Southeast Asia are often suspicious of it and its habitats. Any type of bite can be painful, and the possibility of infection is usually increased by the dirty conditions of the swamps these snakes live in. In some areas, the mangrove snake is kept as a pet in terrariums, but even in captivity, they are known to be very aggressive snakes that cannot be handled.