A U.S. Army soldier who enlisted in 2013 to serve and protect the United States was bit by a venomous snake February 19 and died. Dep
A U.S. Army soldier who enlisted in 2013 to serve and protect the United States was bit by a venomous snake February 19 and died.
Pfc. Bailey Jerome Swaggart, 25, 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, was bit in Kenya while on assignment to guard an air strip at the Manda Bay Naval Base. According to Stars and Stripes, Swaggart apparently got out of his Humvee to inspect a small brush fire and was bit on the leg by what officials suspect was a viper or a black mamba. What officials do not know is why Swaggart wasn’t found for some time after he was bit. If Swaggart was found in time he could have been given antivenins and might have survived the bite.
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While the United States has its fair share of venomous snakes, foreign countries also have their fair share. Kenya is home to a variety of venomous snakes, including puff adders, cobras, vipers and mambas. The Middle East also has a variety of venomous snakes and the U.S. military relied on Iranian antivenins when soldiers were bit during the war in Afghanistan.