Deadly snake bites are rising rapidly – as pythons slither up loos to attack genitals and vipers’ venom rots away flesh


IT is said to feel like two sharp nails being hammered into your skin – and we can reveal that deadly snake bites are rising dramatically in a trend that is worrying experts.  

Climate change is said to be responsible for forcing the poisonous reptiles out of their normal habitats and into our homes.

Siraphop Masukarat's blood spattered toilet in Thailand - where a python sunk its fangs into his penis this week

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Siraphop Masukarat’s blood spattered toilet in Thailand – where a python sunk its fangs into his penis this weekCredit: Viral Press

Student Siraphop Masukarat became the latest victim this week when he was bitten by a 4ft python while sitting on his TOILET.

The 18-year-old was watching videos on his phone like so many teenagers do when he felt something clamping downstairs – and realised a snake had sunk its fangs into the tip of his penis.

Thankfully, the quick-thinking lad was able to leap up and, with his trousers around his ankles, slam the bathroom door against the slithering serpent until it finally let go.

The 18-year-old is just the latest victim of a dangerous snake, with bite numbers rocketing around the world in recent years

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The 18-year-old is just the latest victim of a dangerous snake, with bite numbers rocketing around the world in recent yearsCredit: ViralPress

“I looked down and saw there was a snake hanging in the toilet,” he told local media in the city of Nonthaburi, Thailand, around 20km north of Bangkok,

“Then there was blood everywhere. It was only a small snake but its bite was so strong. I hope my penis can recover.”

The latest research shows that around 5.4m snake bites were inflicted on humans globally last year – while 10 years ago the figure was sometimes as low as 1.2m a year.

The World Health Organisation is now calling the attacks “arguably the world’s biggest hidden health crisis”, with one person dying from a bite every four minutes.

Bite numbers slithering up

Somewhere between 81,000 and 138,000 people die annually from snake strikes after falling prey.

And around 400,000 more are left seriously disfigured as the venomous bites can result in the need for amputation and cause paralysis, kidney or liver failure and fatal bleeding.

Snake bites can happen anywhere - Mikayla-Sue Grove was just six when she was attacked in her bed in Ballito, South Africa, in 2018

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Snake bites can happen anywhere – Mikayla-Sue Grove was just six when she was attacked in her bed in Ballito, South Africa, in 2018Credit: Central European News
She'd been bitten by a Mozambique spitting cobra, one of Africa's deadliest snakes
She’d been bitten by a Mozambique spitting cobra, one of Africa’s deadliest snakes

In some parts of Africa, less than two per cent of people have access to the right antivenom needed to survive.

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While most attacks occur in poor, rural communities in less economically developed countries, the reptiles are increasingly popping up in the most unexpected of places in more modern cities – door frames, gardens and toilet bowls, as poor Siraphop found out.

Last year four-year-old Clifford Thompson almost lost his life when he was attacked by a 15ft scrub python that tried to drag him away from his father.

Little Clifford Thompson almost died when he was attacked by a scrub python - one of the largest snakes in the world

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Little Clifford Thompson almost died when he was attacked by a scrub python – one of the largest snakes in the worldCredit: Evan Thompson
The beast latched onto Clifford's leg during the terrifying ordeal

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The beast latched onto Clifford’s leg during the terrifying ordealCredit: Evan Thompson

His dad Evan had just moved into his new house at Airlie Beach in north Queensland, Australia, and was hosting a housewarming party in the garden when the beast struck.

Evan repeatedly punched the snake until it let go and thankfully doctors were able to save his son’s life.

UK in Adders’ grip

Snake attacks are less common in England but it is wrong to assume they never happen.

In July, three-year-old Lewis Wise was enjoying a family picnic at Lightwater Country Park in Surrey when he was bitten by an adder.

Lewis Wise, three, was left in 'excruciating pain' when he was bitten by an adder in Surrey in July

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Lewis Wise, three, was left in ‘excruciating pain’ when he was bitten by an adder in Surrey in JulyCredit: BPM Media
The swelling on Lewis' leg was so bad that he was left unable to walk

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The swelling on Lewis’ leg was so bad that he was left unable to walkCredit: BPM Media

Dad Daniel, 39, said: “He has been really brave but the swelling is so big, he can’t move at the moment.”

He said: “We think he may have trod on it by accident and it latched onto his leg. It was instant and then he was in excruciating pain.

Adders are grey in colour and have distinctive dark zig zag markings down their back and their bites – while not normally deadly – are extremely painful.

Adders are native to the UK - it has a painful bite, but it's not usually fatal

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Adders are native to the UK – it has a painful bite, but it’s not usually fatalCredit: Getty – Contributor
Adders mostly attack when provoked which is why lots of dogs get bitten - like Chloe, the Yorkshire Terrier, who was bitten in Dorset

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Adders mostly attack when provoked which is why lots of dogs get bitten – like Chloe, the Yorkshire Terrier, who was bitten in DorsetCredit: Mercury Press

Speaking after an adder attack in Grimsby last year, a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust spokesperson said the snakes are shy typically and on the decline in the UK but added: “Those that are most vulnerable are young children, the elderly and dogs.

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“If you see an adder, don’t approach it. Leave it be.”

Flesh-eating venom

It is the poisonous snakes you might bump into while on holiday overseas that cause the most concern, however.

Climate changes and extreme weather like heat waves, droughts and floods are forcing them to migrate – slithering to new territories – and experts say there is an urgent need to create new snake maps that show where they are calling home.

If the correct antivenom is not immediately available the results can be catastrophic.

One unnamed 13-year-old girl in Caracas, Venezuela, for instance, was not treated in time after being bitten by a Bothrops viper and so much tissue died as a result that her leg developed necrosis.

This is the shocking necrosis which ate the flesh of a teen's leg in Venezuela after she was bitten by a Bothrops viper

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This is the shocking necrosis which ate the flesh of a teen’s leg in Venezuela after she was bitten by a Bothrops viperCredit: Instagram

Doctors had no choice but to amputate before the poison spread further and killed her.

Vets in the US have even shared horrific pictures to show what a bite from a Sharp-nosed viper does to the human body.

Australian-based venomologist Dr Bryan Fry said after seeing the photos: “That type of snake has a venom that is extremely tissue destroying.

“The reason for this is that they kill their prey by haemorrhagic shock, where some parts of the venom damage the blood vessel walls, while other parts destroy the ability of the blood to clot, leading to a state of massive internal bleeding in a prey animal.”

This picture was shared by US vets to show how a Sharp-nosed viper bite progresses - it begins looking like a small cut

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This picture was shared by US vets to show how a Sharp-nosed viper bite progresses – it begins looking like a small cutCredit: Facebook
Over time, necrosis sets in as the flesh around the bite rots away

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Over time, necrosis sets in as the flesh around the bite rots awayCredit: Facebook
It can often result in extreme deterioration of the affected area

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It can often result in extreme deterioration of the affected areaCredit: Facebook
Deterioration  ultimately leaves medics no choice but to amputate

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Deterioration ultimately leaves medics no choice but to amputateCredit: Facebook

Surprise face bite caught on camera

American Jerel Heywood was one of the lucky ones who survived a snake strike.

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He was rushed to hospital last year after a 5ft long snake darted out from above his friend’s front door and bit him on the face.

Jerel Heywood was bitten on the face hiding on a porch light in Oklahoma last year

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Jerel Heywood was bitten on the face hiding on a porch light in Oklahoma last year
The nightmare incident was caught on his friend's doorbell camera

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The nightmare incident was caught on his friend’s doorbell camera

Locals in Lawton, Oklahoma, believe the serpent had wrapped itself around a porch light to take shelter from an earlier rainstorm.

Remarkably, the incident was caught on his pal’s doorbell camera and has gone viral on the internet. And while Jerel survived the snake was pummelled to death by a neighbour armed with a hammer.

“I was in shock,” his friend Rodney Copeland said afterwards. “That could have been any of us.” 

Stag party tongue bite horror

Also spare a thought for the drunk German stag party guest who thought he had spied a harmless worm while out partying in the Austrian Alps two months ago.

The man, who has not been named, was suddenly bitten on the tongue by the poisonous reptile.

The 38-year-old was treated by mountain rescuers at the scene but then had to be rushed 40 miles to a remote provincial hospital in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, as his tongue continued to swell.

Adders are found all over Europe, as well as in the UK

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Adders are found all over Europe, as well as in the UKCredit: Getty – Contributor

His ordeal was nothing, however, compared with a 46-year-old Indian man who was struck by a Levantine viper while answering a call of nature in 2015.

Three hours later his penis was swelling horrifically as two blood-filled blisters ballooned around the puncture marks.

The snake’s venom also interfered with his blood’s ability to clot and he was close to death when doctors treated him in a hospital emergency room in Sringar in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The fearsome Levantine viper's bite left the man's penis horrifically covered in blisters

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The fearsome Levantine viper’s bite left the man’s penis horrifically covered in blistersCredit: Alamy

It took a few days for the penile swelling to subside and he was left with scabs of black, dead tissue where the blood-filled blisters had been.

Deadly bite from decapitated head

Another terrifying attack took place in Texas in 2018.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband Milo were gardening outside their home near Corpus Christi when they spotted a four-foot rattlesnake slithering towards them.

Milo Sutcliffe with wife Jennifer, who was with him during his terrifying rattlesnake attack

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Milo Sutcliffe with wife Jennifer, who was with him during his terrifying rattlesnake attackCredit: Milo Sutcliffe/Facebook

Showing no fear, her husband grabbed a shovel and beheaded the snake.

But when he then bent down to dispose of the reptile, its severed head leapt up and sunk its teeth into his skin, discharging a full load of venom.

This was because snakes can still retaliate for a few seconds after they have been killed.

The man began having seizures, lost his vision, suffered internal bleeding and had to be airlifted to the hospital.

Once there, doctors administered massive amounts of the antivenom CroFab as they battled to keep him alive. A week later he was stable but with weakened kidney function.

Milo decapitated the deadly snake with a shovel, but it was still able to bite him

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Milo decapitated the deadly snake with a shovel, but it was still able to bite himCredit: Kiiitv.com

Livestream snake suicide

Russian snake expert Arslan Valeev decided to live stream being bitten by a Black Mamba after breaking up with his wife Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Pyatyzhkina in 2017.

“Pass on to Katya that I loved her very much,” he told his audience while moving his hand towards the camera.

Arslan Valeev was heartbroken when his wife Katya left him

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Arslan Valeev was heartbroken when his wife Katya left him
So he livestreamed his suicide after letting a Black mamba bite him

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So he livestreamed his suicide after letting a Black mamba bite him

“Beautiful, isn’t it? Oh, damn, how it… Bye to everyone… I can’t believe it is happening to me…”

Arslan apparently wanted to scare his ex but didn’t intend for the bite to be fatal.

The video shows his breath quickening and his bloodshot eyes starting to roll as he holds out his bleeding hands.

He was rushed to hospital but medics were unable to save him.

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