The little girl from the Turkish village of Kantar was discovered with a 50cm snake clamped in her mouth and a painful-looking bite mark on her lower lip, Newsweek reported.
The toddler, identified only by her initials as S.E., was outside playing in the back garden of the family home in the village of Kantar in the city of Bingol in the Turkish province of the same name earlier this week when her screams brought neighbors running.
Neighbors discovered the little girl with a 50cm (20 inch) snake clamped in her mouth and a painful-looking bite mark on her lower lip.
According to local media reports, the neighbor killed the snake, administered first aid to the girl, and dialed 911.
The little girl was taken to Bingol Maternity and Children’s Hospital and monitored for 24 hours.
She is now said to be fine and recovering.
Her relieved father, Mehmet Ercan, stated that her daughter bit the snake in response.
Mr Ercan, who was at work when the snake struck, explained, “Allah has really protected her.”
“Our neighbours have told me that the snake was in the hand of my child, she was playing with it and then it bit her.
“Then she has bitten the snake back as a reaction.”
According to the WHO, approximately 5.4 million people are bitten by snakes each year, 2.7 million of which are venomous. Snake bites are thought to kill between 81,000 and 138,000 people each year, with three times that number suffering from permanent paralysis or even amputation as a result of the venom.
According to the National Poison Information Center, there were 550 snake bite cases reported in Turkey specifically between 1995 and 2004, where the little girl was bitten (NPIC). In June, the most common month, 24.3 percent of these incidents occurred, with the majority of them occurring in the Marmara, Central Anatolia, and Black Sea regions.
Snake bites can be treated with antivenoms, which are often made from the snake’s venom. However, antivenom production faces a number of challenges because only a few countries have the capacity to produce enough high-quality snake venom for antivenom production.