A Snake-swallower has died after a viper bit his tongue and throat causing a horrific
Video footage shows the farm worker, 55, performing in front of his workmates in a
watermelon field in Astrakhan,Russia , where he traps the dangerous reptile in his
NSL Learnt: the man had twice before put the steppe viper further down his throat
but on the third attempt, the snake bit his tongue.
While the snake is poisonous, its bite should not be lethal to humans.
But a few hours later the unnamed melon farmer was admitted to hospital and
diagnosed with Quincke’s edema after his tongue and throat swelled.
He was reported to have suffered anaphylactic shock. His tongue “could barely fit in
his mouth” and he was left gasping for breath, said one report.
Frantic efforts by doctors at Kharabalinskiy district hospital failed to save him,
according to Antrakhan 24.