Snakebites can be a life-threatening occurrence and do require immediate treatment. However, most victims do not require antivenom, as they have either experienced one of two instances; either it’s a dry bite or a very small amount of venom had been injected which would not require antivenom.

The Mozambique Spitting Cobra accounts for the majority of serious bites, thereafter the Puff Adder, and then the Stiletto Snake and the Rhombic Night Adder. Most snakebite deaths within South Africa are caused by the Cape Cobra and Black Mamba.

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