ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W59.11

Bitten by nonvenomous snake

Diagnosis Code W59.11

ICD-10: W59.11
Short Description: Bitten by nonvenomous snake
Long Description: Bitten by nonvenomous snake
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W59.11

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The code W59.11 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to animate mechanical forces (W50-W64)
      • Contact with other nonvenomous reptiles (W59)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code W59.11 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Bite, bitten by
      • reptile
        • snake
    • Bite, bitten by
      • snake (nonvenomous)
    • Contact(accidental)
      • with
        • snake (nonvenomous)
          • bite

Information for Patients


Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

  • Never pet, handle, or feed unknown animals
  • Leave snakes alone
  • Watch your children closely around animals
  • Vaccinate your cats, ferrets, and dogs against rabies
  • Spay or neuter your dog to make it less aggressive
  • Get a tetanus booster if you have not had one recently
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas with venomous snakes

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Animal bites - self-care (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Jellyfish stings (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Marine animal stings or bites (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Snake bites (Medical Encyclopedia)


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