Tips on Snakes “The Do’s & Dont’s”

EMERGENCY SITUATION: You’re walking on location when you see a rattlesnake blocking the path just ahead of you. What do you do?

SOLUTION: Truthfully, it’s best to give any snake a wide area. Rattlesnakes, are venomous and generally easy to identify, but to be safe you should always assume a snake in the wild is venomous. The bite of a nonvenomous snake can still be extremely painful and may cause infection.

First, quickly observe the snake’s posture. A coiled rattler that is audibly shaking its tail is preparing to strike. Or, none too pleased.

If this is the case, back away quickly but carefully—you don’t want to trip and fall while trying to get away.

A snake may can strike across a greater distance if coiled, snakes can and will attack from any posture. Don’t assume, because your not hearing the audible sounds of the rattle that it indicates the snake is sleeping, blind and deaf, or has a full stomach. A rattlesnake may rattle only a bit or maybe not at all—before striking. Also, newly born rattlesnakes may have an undeveloped rattles.

Best thing to do would be to back off from the snakes area. Do not poke because this will only piss off the snake which will be more likely to strike This will only annoy the snake and make it more likely to strike. The best solution is to wait until it clears the path.

Once it starts to leave, visually follow its progress to make sure it’s far from the path before you continue on your way.

Most snakes can strike a distance of half their body length. This means if you encounter a 5-foot snake, it can attack any person within a three-foot radius, with zero warning. If your hiking it’s best to wear thick hiking boots, which may prevent fangs from piercing your skin.

If you are bitten, do not panic. While any snakebite should be considered a medical emergency, you’re not likely to succumb to the snake’s venom unless you’re many hours (or days) from a hospital with antivenin—or unless you’re very young, very old, or have a compromised immune system. Still, try to keep the bitten area immobile and below the level of your heart as you seek help.

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