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Okinawan Habu snakebite story


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Posted by Rob Albach on December 19, 1998 at 20:57:57:

I was stationed on Okinawa Japan from june 94' til
june 98' and have wanted to tell this story for some time
It takes place July 97'

There was a U.S. service member who had been locked up in the
brig at Camp Hansen for about three months. Upon his
release it was party time!! After consuming a few beers
him and his buddies decided to head to the southern/
more populated end of the island. Into the trip southward
mother nature began to call. I guess out of a need
for privacy they pulled onto a dirt road off the main
highway.Then the guy did the unthinkable, got out of
the car and waded several yards into field of knee
deep grass And started to relieve himself and then
in his words "the grass began to part" He did'nt
see the the snake till it was attached to the side
of his calf it let go then bit him again on the same calf.
at which point he kicked the snake away and headed
promptly to naval hospital on Camp Lester. He ended
up being in the hospital a little over a week.Upon his release
he stated that he eventually going to get a habu tatooed
on his calf.

Notes: the snake was large 5-6 Ft+ according to patient
Fang marks were measured a
little over and inch in lenth upon admission to ER
swelling had begun but not enough grossly exaggerate
the measurement

I know the details of the story because i was working
the night he came in,got to see the bites, talked to the
guy several times at the Hosp smoking area.
and did tons of lab testing on him specially the first
three days PT/PTT, urine myoglobin etc...



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