Snakebite Statistics
(from Texas Department of State Health Services)

 

  • About 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States annually.

  • Only 0.2% (1 out of 500) venomous snakebites result in death.

  • On average, 1 to 2 people in Texas die each year from venomous snakebites.

  • Roughly half of all venomous snakebites are "dry". That is, the snake does not inject venom into the victim

 

Annual human deaths from selected outdoor activities in Texas, 1978-2001
Year Auto Drowning Non-drown Boating Firearm related Lightning Venom Arthropod Snakebite
1978 4140 510 93 096 11 5 1
1979 3981 495 85 164 5 6 2
1980 4295 494 86 199 5 2 1
1981 4580 452 70 222 4 5 1
1982 4199 472 78 250 13 2 2
1983 3899 500 93 200 5 5 0
1984 4030 375 61 203 5 5 0
1985 3824 443 70 218 6 4 1
1986 3712 436 60 172 6 3 3
1987 3315 396 63 141 2 5 1
1988 3460 359 62 154 9 3 0
1989 3476 337 62 172 2 3 2
1990 3309 327 53 171 6 3 1
1991 3180 340 50 179 6 8 0
1992 3147 352 62 174 3 2 0
1993 3184 344 57 156 4 2 0
1994 3307 281 60 116 9 6 0
1995 3302 310 54 84 6 8 2
1996 3925 281 51 77 5 6 2
1997 3743 288 81 78 6 9 0
1998 3748 327 57 74 5 2 0
1999 3055 246 44 6 6 3 1
2000 3807 241 59 58 4 5 1
2001 3922 207 52 59 4 6 1

 

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