Assume that the victim is a healthy rational adult.

I've chanced on snakes while trekking in nature. So I was stunned to read about this tragedy where:

Not realising she had been attacked, the woman began breastfeeding her child. Both died before they could reach a hospital.

Am I correct to infer that lethal snakebites can yet be painless and slight?

  • I have a friend who was bitten by a poisonous snake and did not realize the fact until his leg swelled up.
    – Ken Graham
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 4:50
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    The article is been updated to say: "The incident was reported by Indian police but experts have cast doubt on the manner of transmission of the venom." Commented May 28, 2018 at 15:40

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Yes, the bite of a common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) can be painless. It is a venomous snake found on the subcontinent of India and is also known as the Indian krait. Kraits are nocturnal, therefore instances with humans most often occur at night and therefore the snake may also not be seen.

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Source: Common krait (Wikipedia)

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