Brasília:In a unprecedented incident a toddler killed a deadly snake by digging its teeth into the reptile.
A 17-month-old boy was playing in his family’s garden when the lethal pit viper slithered towards him.
The young lad’s parents rushed him to hospital, fearful he had been bitten before the family dog was able to kill the reptile.
But doctors in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, discovered blood in the boy’s mouth was from him getting his teeth into the snake.
Doctor Gilmar Carteri said: “He bit the young jararaca close to its head, which immobilised it and prevented it from biting him.
“The boy was very shaken up – I think it was a self-defence instinct that kicked in, or he thought it was a toy.”
The toddler escaped without a scratch, but he had a lucky break after experts identified his victim as a Bothrops jararaca pit viper.
The species can grow up to two feet long and one bite can cause haemorrhage, kidney failure and, eventually, death in humans.
The snakes are mainly found in the jungles of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay in South America.
Source: The Sun