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Posted by Tommahawk on October 15, 2002 at 19:08:19:
From Lancaster Newspapers:
Penn Twp. man treated for "very poisonous' snake bite
Monday, October 14
By John M. Hoober III
New Era Staff Writer
A "very poisonous" green mamba snake bit a Manheim-area man on the finger early Sunday morning at his Penn Township home, police said.
An ambulance rushed Chad Bachman, of 374 Lititz Road, Manheim, to Hershey Medical Center. He was in fair condition, a nursing supervisor reported today.
Green mamba bites can be fatal, but an antidote was found in the Williamsport area, said medical officials.
The green mamba, which is related to the cobra, was in a cage when it bit Bachman, who is in his 30s, Penn Township police Officer Tod Neifert said.
Bachman, whom police described as a "snake lover," was attempting to remove a skin that the snake had shed when he was bitten on the right index finger, Neifert said.
Police and a Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical ambulance crew responded to Bachman's home at 3:18 a.m. Sunday.
"The EMS team wasted no time," Neifert said. "They immediately grabbed him and took him away."
The green mamba is a "dreaded" venomous snake, native to the tropics and southern Africa, according to Webster's Third New International Dictionary. "It is dreaded because of its quickness and readiness to inflict its often fatal bite," the dictionary states.
"Two drops of venom can be fatal," added Neifert.
The snake apparently is still in the cage at the home, police said