A review of 94 cases of snakebite by the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis, in Guam spanning a two year period shows a high proportion (80%) involve victims bitten while sleeping in their homes at night.
Some bites apparently involve attempts to feed on small children.
Of all children less than 1 yr old that were bitten in a two year period, infants 1-3 mo old comprised 82%. The symptoms exhibited by children are more severe than those experienced by adults.
The snake is a rear-fanged (i.e., has enlarged and grooved teeth on the posterior maxillae) colubrid with a moderately large Duvernoy's gland.
Mots-clés Pascal : Morsure, Symptomatologie, Variation saisonnière, Classe âge, Sommeil, Comportement défensif, Guam, Epidémiologie, Mariannes, Micronésie, Océanie, Homme, Boiga irregularis, Ophidia, Reptilia, Vertebrata
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Bite, Symptomatology, Seasonal variation, Age distribution, Sleep, Defensive behavior, Guam, Epidemiology, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, Oceania, Human, Boiga irregularis, Ophidia, Reptilia, Vertebrata
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0309972
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199406.