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Snakes

Worldwide, venomous snakes account for more cases of severe morbidity and mortality than any other organism. It is estimated that nearly 2.5 million individuals are bitten by venomous snakes annually, with 125,000 individuals dying as a result of these envenomations.31 There are approximately 3000 unique species of snakes, of which 600 are venomous and 200 are medically important.32 Venomous snakes that are indigenous to the United States include the Elapidae (coral snakes) and the Viperidae (pit vipers).

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