Reptile dies, man survives: Snake bites man in Bihar, he bites it back twice

Reptile dies, man survives: Snake bites man in Bihar, he bites it back twice

Reptile dies, man survives: Snake bites man in Bihar, he bites it back twice

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Railway worker survives a snake bite after biting the reptile back twice, adhering to local myth.

A bizarre incident was reported from Bihar where a snake bit a man. The man then bit the reptile back twice, resulting in the snake’s death and the man’s survival. Railway employee Santosh Lohar, 35, was part of a team laying railway tracks in a thickly forested area of Rajauli in Bihar. On Tuesday night, after a full day’s work, Lohar was settling down to sleep when he was bitten by a snake.

Reacting quickly, he seized the snake and bit it back twice, adhering to a local myth that biting a snake back will save the victim by transferring the venom back to the snake. His colleagues immediately rushed him to Rajauli Subdivision Hospital where he was treated. Lohar was kept overnight in the hospital and discharged the following day after responding well to treatment. The type of snake that attacked Lohar is still unknown.

In India, around 50,000 people are killed annually due to snakebites. 90% of the estimated 3-4 million snake bites are attributed to the “big four” group of snakes: the common krait, Indian cobra, Russell’s viper, and saw-scaled viper.