Traumatic Amputation of Finger From an Alligator Snapping Turtle Bite.

  title={Traumatic Amputation of Finger From an Alligator Snapping Turtle Bite.},
  author={R. C. Johnson and C. L. Nielsen},
  journal={Wilderness & environmental medicine},
  volume={27 2},
  • R. C. Johnson, C. L. Nielsen
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Wilderness & environmental medicine
  • Legend states that the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) should be handled with extreme caution as it has jaw strength powerful enough to bite a wooden broomstick in half. Tales of bite injuries from what is the largest freshwater turtle in North America exist anecdotally, yet there are few descriptions of medical encounters for such. The risk of infection from reptilian bites to the hand in an aquatic environment warrants thorough antibiotic treatment in conjunction with hand… CONTINUE READING
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