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Can a detached head of a dead snake kill us?

Yes.

It is possible to remain alive when a living snake bites you.
But there is a great possibility of death, if a dead snake’s detached head bites you.




The Grass Snake - Natrix natrix

Required attribution text: Photo: Darius Baužys [Attribution or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

How ?
A snake's detached head can immediately act by reflex and potentially bite.
The induced bite can be just as severe as that of a live snake.


Extra Venom injected
Dead snakes are also incapable of regulating the venom they inject,
so a bite from a dead snake
can often contain large amounts of venom.


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