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10/23/2005

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  Teen May Lose Arm After Being Bitten by Snake at SchoolCopperhead_snake

A 14-year-old girl may lose her arm after being bitten by a poisonous copperhead snake at school, authorities said.

The snake was caught in Valley Forge by a 17-year-old male student, who took it in a shoebox to a drama club gathering at St. Pius X High School on Friday, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Ray Bechtel said. No regular classes were held that day, which was designated for staff development.

The boy was showing the reptile to other students when it bit the girl's finger, Bechtel said.

                               How could this happen?

    Teen May Lose Arm After Being Bitten by Snake at School

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl may lose her arm after being bitten by a poisonous copperhead snake at school, authorities said.

The snake was caught in Valley Forge by a 17-year-old male student, who took it in a shoebox to a drama club gathering at St. Pius X High School on Friday, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Ray Bechtel said. No regular classes were held that day, which was designated for staff development.

The boy was showing the reptile to other students when it bit the girl's finger, Bechtel said.

The girl, whose name was not released by police, apparently threw the snake across the room and the boy threw it outside. The snake was not found, but authorities were able to identify it because the boy photographed it with his camera cellphone, said Bechtel.

The victim was treated at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center about 45 minutes after being bitten, he said.

"The doctors said if it had been a half-hour longer she would likely have been dead," said Bechtel.

However, police said she could still lose her arm.

Police did not have an update on the girl's condition Sunday. She had been in very serious condition at Hershey Medical Center.

No charges were filed but police said they were investigating.

Copperhead snake bites are typically not fatal but are extremely painful and may cause extensive scarring and loss of limb use, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension of North Carolina State University.    AP

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Pretty creepy. Shouldn't mess with Mother Nature.

My brother was on a climb up El Capitan when the guide, almost at the top, edged his fingers over a ledge and pulled himself up to come face to face with a huge rattlesnake. The snake struck before the guide could duck, and though the snake missed, the guide fell. His belay line caught him but the fall and sudden stop broke his back and killed him. It took them hours to belay and lower his body down.

One of my best friends found a little bump/blister on her ring finger. We were at a party when she discovered it and complained of it hurting really badly. Within an hour she sort of collapsed. Twelve hours later surgeons drained two cups of pus from her swollen hand. Twenty-four hours later they removed her finger. She was in the hospital for three weeks with two I.V. lines running in - one with non-stop antibiotics and the other hydration fluid. Brown recluse.

Umm, urk. This is in my friggen back yard ... I used to play with snakes all the time as a kid, but I knew better than to let them get their head anywhere near an unprotected patch of fang-bait.

As for that Brown Reculse Spider ... it give me shivers to think of what a bite like that would do to my kids. I'm thinking about tossing a posion-bomb in the basement right now!

Mark,

Forget the basement. The scary thing about the brown recluse is that it can be anywhere in your house. My friend, mentioned above, was an impeccable housekeeper. That is, her house was spotless all the time. She was just doing her usual Saturday cleaning routine when she was bitten. And she has no idea where in her house she was bitten.

I am sort of freaky about brown recluses since, needless to say. I have bunches of black widows around my house. But they don't scare me like the brown recluse because the black widow doesn't usually come into a house.

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