Force of a Snake Bite

Asked October 7, 2019, 3:55 PM EDT

Do you know the newtons of force associated with a snake bite, specifically a rattlesnake?

Harris County Texas

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I could not find any information on the force associated with a snake bite. There is plenty of information on the evaluation of bite force in larger animals (lions, tigers, crocodiles, alligators, hyenas, hippopotamuses), but not snakes. I did find an estimate of the bite force of a rattlesnake of 150 psi by a reptile vet. This is equivalent to approximately 667 newtons. Saltwater crocodiles lead with the strongest bite force of approximately 16,460 newtons.

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