Photo, left: rattlesnake in Ramona, by Elena Pena
By Miriam Raftery
September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Neurotoxic snake bites, known as “super bites”, were formerly rare in our region, found mainly in the Mojave Desert. But 10 News reports these serious bites are occurring now in suburban areas of San Diego and East County.
A dog with a neurotoxin bite in Del Cerro, for example, went into shock and had difficulty walking. The dog was treated at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa, where vets told 10 news that three of the ten snakebites treated in the past week have been neurotoxic bites.