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Alligator, Crocodile, and Iguana Bites

By

Robert A. Barish

, MD, MBA, University of Illinois at Chicago;


Thomas Arnold

, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport

Medically Reviewed Jun 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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Alligator and Crocodile Bites

Alligator and crocodile bites usually result from handling the animal. However, rarely, people may be bitten by alligators and crocodiles in the wild. Although alligator and crocodile bites do not contain venom, they are often very severe.

Alligator and crocodile bites are usually serious injuries. Doctors must stop bleeding. Then wounds Wounds Cuts or tears in tissue (lacerations), scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds can be caused by bites or by other mechanisms. Wounds that are not caused by bites and are clean and relatively... read more are cleaned, and severely damaged tissue is removed. Because bites from alligators and crocodiles are very likely to become infected, people are usually given antibiotics.

Iguana Bites

Iguana bites and claw injuries are becoming more frequent as more iguanas are kept as pets. Wounds are cleaned and closed as for any other wound Wounds Cuts or tears in tissue (lacerations), scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds can be caused by bites or by other mechanisms. Wounds that are not caused by bites and are clean and relatively... read more . Antibiotics may be needed.

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