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Snake Bites

Snake Bites

 Each year more than 8,000 people are bitten by venomous

snakes. If you are a  person who hikes, camps, fishes, hunts,

picnics etc. in areas that snakes dwell, you should already

know about the dangers caused by venomous snakes and how

to tell if you or any else has been bitten by them. For those

who don’t, you should know:

What are some signs of a venomous snake bite? 

What to do if you or someone else has been bitten by a venomous snake? 

What Not to do if  you or someone else has been bitten by a venomous snake? 

How to prevent snake bites from occurring? 


Some signs of a venomous snake bite may include:

  • -severe pain 
  • -fang marks at the wound
  • -bloody wound discharges
  • -redness and swelling around the wound
  • -difficulty breathing
  • -blurred vision
  • -fainting
  • -weakness
  • -dizziness
  • -increased sweating
  • -increased thirst
  • -nausea and vomiting
  • -fever
  • -burning
  • -numbness and tingling

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If you or someone else has been bitten by a venomous snake: 

  • -remove any thing that might stop blood flow such as watches, rings, ties, etc. 
  • -contact medical help immediantly 
  • -try to identify the snake or at least remember what color and shape the snake was
  • -keep the bitten person calm
  • -keep the bitten area lower than the heart
  • -use a first aid kit if you can
  • -if you can, wash the the bite with soap and water

If you are unable to reach medical help within 30 minutes, try to do the following:

-tell the victim to stay calm 

-wrap a bandage at least 4 to 6 inches above the wound to slow down the spread of venom to the heart. The bandage should not stop blood flow. You should at least be able to slip a finger under it.

-cover the wound with a clean dry cloth

-if you have a snake bite kit, use the suction device to draw some of the venom out

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 What Not to do if you or someone else has been bitten by a venomous snake:

-do not pick up the snake or try to capture it in any way

-do not try and draw the venom out of the wound with your mouth

-do not cut the wound with a knife

-do not apply any ice or cold pack to wound

-do not drink any caffinated or acoholic beverage

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What you can do to prevent snake bites from occurring:

-leave snakes alone, most people are bitten trying to get to close

-stay out of tall grass or thick brush

-stay on a hiking trail or cleared path if there is one

-keep your hands where you can see them

-try and keep your hands above your waist when ever walking through any brush

-do not lift up rocks or wood with hands or feet

-before you cross over a log, stand on it and check the other side of it

The safest thing to do when hiking through the woods is to wear snake chaps and snake boots. Remember to alway bring a first aid kit if ever going camping, hunting, or anywhere away from medical help. It may be best if you also bring a snake bite kit.

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April 17 2007 09:16 pm

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