Many people ask me how dangerous are snakes?
The solution is that snakes have gathered as many myths as bees over the years. Like shark tales, most general beliefs about snakes have very little foundation in the truth.
However, they still remain creatures that have developed unique ways of defending themselves and should be given the respect they deserve.
Snakes are wild creatures that just want to live out their lives the way they were designed to. With the exceptions of a few species that reside mainly in Australia and Africa, the huge majority of venomous snakes have absolutely no interest in humans and don’t attack.
In actuality, people who live in warmer ponds have probably been within inches of a venomous snake and never known about it. They do so because they do not want to waste their venom on species that are not their prey.
Humans have a macabre relationship with snakes that is not really justified. The mere mention of this word initiates an anxious reaction that’s deeply embedded in our subconscious mind as a primeval defense strategy against unnecessary harm.
The first thing to do would be to lie the person down and keep them still. That includes yourself whether it is you who had been bitten. By doing this we’re trying to maintain the pulse low. However this has limited effect since the anxiety one feels after snake bite increases the pulse. In saying that, running about most certainly makes things worse.
The next thing to do is to identify the kind of snake that bit the individual in question. If you can’t identify it make a mental note of exactly what it looked like.
Get some ice if possible and put it on the lesion. Keep the injured area of the body as still as possible. Apply a splint if you’ve got suitable materials at hand.
Use your mobile phone to call an ambulance. If the ambulance station is far from where you are, request a helicopter or failing that begin to push in the direction of the ambulance. Mark your car in some way that the ambulance will recognize you. E.g. use a shirt as a flag. Call the police they may be closer to your area. They are able to keep anti venom.
Meet the ambulance half way and move the patient to the ambulance.
NEVER try to suck the poison out or cut the wounded area. You may poison yourself and cause the venom to spread more quickly. Simply apply a tourniquet or any other sort of blood flow restriction device if you are advised to do so by a medical professional.
Venom takes time to mix with the blood. You will discover how it takes a long time for the ink to combine throughout the water. Venom is the same. The venom is embedded in the tissue. It requires some time for it to spread evenly throughout the body.
If you’re going to a wilderness, allow the authorities know where you’re going and when you are expected back. Take distress flares with you and find out if you’ll have reception for your mobile phone. Find out where help stations are located, including emergency telephones.
Wear sensible boots, Do not turn over logs and stones. Don’t sit down without first checking the area and especially do not lean on fallen trees or rocks without checking them well first.
Don’t be tempted to touch wildlife such as snakes. Give them a wide girth, keep clear. Do not leave your boots outside of your tent at night, snakes like to crawl into places for protection from the cold.
Do not leave food scraps because they will attract the regional rodents. Snakes follow their food source that’s little animals, particularly rodents. No rodents equals less prospect of snakes.
If you do not have a tent, sleep over ground in a hammock if you’re able to. Follow these simple rules and your chances of being bitten are much less.
Remember! Of you are going to work in your garden or pick something up in a place that has good camouflage for snakes like under bushes, one of leaves, stone or wood test the whole area gently with a long pole.