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Anatomy of the Zombie Bite

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Preventing Zombie Infection


The greatest threat in a zombie survival situation is being bitten. This bite will inevitably lead to your fate as a member of the undead. This is of course if you manage to pull away and do not die of blood loss first. You must do everything in your power to prevent the bite from happening, but if that is not possible, you must not allow the bite to reach your skin. This is accomplished through a combination of maneuverability, speed and finally protective gear.

The human jaw is extremely efficient and powerful even when compared to the animal kingdom. Our bite force is 150 – 180psi depending on many factors. We have the ability to break skin, tear flesh, and bite off the nose/ears of others. This will occur even through light clothing if you choose light weight over heavy armor.

The 32 teeth of humans are broken down into a few categories. In general, there are the crushing teeth (molars) and the cutting teeth (incisors). Because the incisors are the front teeth, these are likely to inflict the most damage and transmit saliva to the wound. When the saliva enters your wound, there is no hope for your survival.

Now, when you take the bite statistics from above and apply it to zombies, the danger increases. Zombies do not feel pain, they do not limit how hard they bite for fear of damaging their teeth. The pressure from a zombie bite can shatter small bones and tear flesh clean off. If the zombie has been animated for an extended period of time, it’s teeth may be jagged and even sharper than before.

Statistically, the most common bite wound occurs on the limbs. This is the case for several reasons. Most people have a natural reaction to cover their head/torso with their hands and forearms during an attack. This is a logical defense against any threat other than zombies. You must resist the urge to sacrifice your arm to protect your vital organs in this situation.

This does not only apply to the arms/hands. The legs are also extremely vulnerable to bite wounds. The most common reason for this is pretty logical. When you are fighting your way through zombies, your focus is straight ahead, hoping to get through. If you deliver a blow to the zombie that is not lethal, it will fall to the ground, not yet incapacitated. The zombie will then reach for the closest limb, being your legs.

These are just some of the dangers you will face while trying to survive during a zombie outbreak. However, there are ways of minimizing this threat. This can be done through a combination of protective gear and fighting techniques. In order for you to protect yourself, you must be informed.

Keep in mind… protection is always had at the cost of speed and manueverability. Choose your route wisely.


Bite Protection


Police and Military have used gear to protect their limbs for decades. The threats come from knife wounds, dirty needles and broken glass. The way they have learned to minimize this threat is with Kevlar gloves and forearm protectors. These two items will protect your limbs from a cutting bite, but may still allow for crushing damage.

Because the second most common bite occurs on the lower legs, we must look to a different group of people to find the protection. These are people who work in snake infested areas or directly with snakes. These people wear specially designed boots that use a variety of materials to stop the fangs of a venomous snake. Should you have the money to purchase these, it is advised.


Bite Prevention


Here is the scenario: A zombie is closing on you, reaching out to pull you towards its mouth. You do not have the correct protective gear to stop this from happening. It’s time to make your move…

First, do not back peddle, you only risk tripping and sealing your fate. This also is not the fastest way to distance yourself.

What you must do is act quickly. A simple sidestep will throw the zombie off while approaching. Before the zombie can react to this, you must make your move, fight or flight. This is situational dependent, there is no one correct choice. The best way to think of this fight is with the mindset of a matador in an arena with a charging bull.


FIGHT! Now that the zombie has missed his chance to grab you, it is time to strike. Because the zombie is facing profile to you, swing your weapon with deadly accuracy. Smash the skull before it can turn to face you once again. If you fail in this strike, again maneuver away from a head on attack. Strike again and make this one count. If there are other zombies in close proximity, they may have reached you by now.


FLIGHT! Again, the zombie has missed his chance. Maybe there are more undead in close proximity, maybe you do not have a weapon. These are scenarios where one more dead zombie is not worth the risk. Take this opportunity to distance yourself and continue on your way.


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  1. BC says
    July 17, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Leather clothing IE jackets, etc, etc seem like they would be a good choice simply because of how tough leather is. If anyone can dispute this I’d like to know so that I know if that is viable or not.

    • Russ says
      August 26, 2012, 5:43 am

      Leather clothing gives a fair degree of bite penetration protection, but rememberleather coats for instance, can be very restrictive to movement, can make it very hard to swing a weapon, either defensivily or offensively.

  2. John says
    October 18, 2012, 4:15 pm

    wouldn’t a rotting zombie lack the bite force to do any damage you gotta think all those tendans and muscles are rotted and soft

    • John W says
      March 26, 2013, 5:24 am

      not really you have to remember the zombie virus does slow down the rotting proccess so the muscles and tendens are still able to work “normally”….but your statement is not wrong…..a zombie’s body would over time rot like normal just takes longer so a day one zombie would be the most dangerous to say final day zombie…(final day meaning the rot factor is so great the zombie cant not function.

  3. Jason says
    October 28, 2012, 7:13 am

    Using light armors like chainmail can be incredibly helpful, but full chainmail armor can be dangerous. Chainmail is heavy, since all the weight is draped on the supporting body parts. In the chainmail shirt, all the weight will be on your shoulders. Platemail is a good idea in small amounts. A cuirass with pauldrons would be about as heavy as you would want to get. If you have this idea, start wearing it NOW and getting used to the weight before an emergancy event happens. Also consider greaves for lower leg protection, but if you aren’t trained in its use, or just not very strong, avoid heavy armors at all costs and instead use lighter animal skin armors. Elk, Bear, Bovine (any species), and possibly deer. Also, if metal armor is your way to go, learn to forge it and take care of it. Vambraces are also a good way to have an emergancy melee weapon if it comes to it.

  4. GI says
    January 20, 2013, 10:57 pm

    If Bitten Don’t Pannic you might have, not lost blood, famous zombie’s have never broken the skin of the host , .Rember safty first, warewolf’s.are first to get your meal,You might not be thertend in the end of a zoombie attack. It’sa case not a reality…

  5. William says
    January 30, 2013, 12:01 am

    Saying that I am currently An Apprentice Blacksmith, And I NEVER travel light, So I think Plate armor is more my direction, Until I work out my plans for a mechanized battle suite.

  6. wolfgang says
    March 24, 2013, 7:22 am

    leather chaps (the kind for snake round up or bikers) or a good set of plastic shin guards are good leg protection. culinary or welding Kevlar sleeves & plastic/ resin bracers are good for the arms. light weight & sturdy.

  7. Quora says
    April 13, 2013, 9:10 pm

    How much protection would be needed to prevent zombie bites?…

    It really depends on how zombism is spread. If zombism is spread simply through contact with saliva, much more protective garments should be worn than if zombism is spread through contact with infected blood. The saliva or blood would also have to come…

  8. Kaitlyn says
    April 24, 2013, 11:53 pm

    You would first need short hair, because the zombie ( or walker for all of you fans of The Walking Dead) could easily grab you and bite you if you have long hair. Second, this goes out to the boys, you would not want sagging pants in a situation like this, because you could easily be grabbed and bitten by a ”walker” ( I am a fan of The Walking Dead, by the way). The 3rd key to protecting yourself from ”walkers” is to find armor that you can easily move around in ( like leather or Kevlar). For footwear, try to find leather boots ( like cowboy boots [which I own 2 pairs of] or combat boots, some of you might already have these kinds of boots. If so, great job!).

  9. lucas says
    June 27, 2013, 10:27 pm

    why not wear cheap but sturdy clothes like leather put thin it on major joints so it is sturdy but manoeverable

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  11. Jess says
    November 12, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Wouldn’t The diving suit that has shark armor work? It isn’t as restrictive as other armors that were suggested and is designed to repel/prevent shark bites which have to be stronger then a zombie. I would have suggested a dog training suit but those are restrictive and would do better for baiting zombies.

    • admin says
      November 16, 2013, 12:02 am

      There’s problems with the shark suit idea. They weigh around 20 pounds and that weight is spread around to areas of your body that are not used to carrying weight. On the move, this will create a lot of fatigue while being pursued by an attacker that does not tire.

      Although these should be impervious to zombie bites, you could still find yourself overwhelmed and held down. You would be slowly crushed and ripped at until you eventually died. How long would that take? I don’t want to find out.

      There’s also a matter of what you left at home to make room for an additional 20 pounds. That and the cost of these suits make them unsuitable for a zombie survivor on the move.

      • Jay says
        February 22, 2015, 10:52 pm

        20 pounds is only a little bit over 9kgs. That’s pretty light considering the amount of protection offered. An average adult should not have a problem wearing it.

        • admin says
          February 22, 2015, 11:59 pm

          20 pounds in a bug out situation is a lot. Think of the food, water and ammo you would have to leave behind. A quart of water weighs 2 pounds, a loaded AR magazine is 1 pound.

          If you have somewhere safe to hold up, it could be useful. Those would be situations where you aren’t going far and don’t need a lot of supplies.

          The truth is that everything is situation dependent. Something appropriate for one situation might get you killed in many others.

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