That is a flimsy excuse for showing this radiograph (X-ray) of a snake that I post-edited a bit.
|Snake radiograph (colored by me) - Photo Nottingham Vet School.|
I don't know...I just liked it. The original was in B&W but I added a bit of color and the words. That's it.
Poisonous snakes can be a hazard to domestic cats in the USA. See this visitor's post for an example: My Cat was Bitten by a Snake.
Apparently 90% of snakes bites on cats are on the head or legs. Poisonous snake bites to the cat's body are most often lethal. Poisonous snakes in the USA are:
- Cottonmouths - pit viper
- Rattlesnakes - pit viper
- Copperheads - pit viper
- Coral snakes
Two puncture wounds will be seen on the skin. They may be difficult to find for obvious reasons. Sudden swelling, redness and bleeding may be present at the site of the bite. The cat will be in severe pain. It may take several hours for the symptoms of a snake bite to appear.
On being bitten by a pit viper, the cat will:
- be extremely restless
- show weakness..then..
- have diarrhoea
- have depressed breathing
- have seizures sometimes
- be in shock
- die, perhaps.
- urinary incontinence
Get your cat to a veterinarian asap if you can get their in 30 minutes. If not do these things first:
- keep cat quiet
- apply a constricting bandage to a leg bite (loose enough to get finger beneath bandage). Place it between the bite and cat's heart. Loosen it every 5 minutes.
- don't wash the wound or apply ice or make cuts over the wound or try and suck out the venom.