Many people ask me how dangerous are snakes?
The answer is that snakes have accumulated as many myths as sharks over the years. Like shark stories, most general beliefs about snakes have very little foundation in the truth.
But they still remain creatures that have developed unique ways of defending themselves and should be given the respect that they deserve.
Snakes are wild creatures that only want to live their lives out the way they were designed to. With the exceptions of a few species which 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 climates have quite probably been within inches of a venomous snake and never understood about it. They do so because they do not want to waste their venom on species that are not their prey.
Fellsmere Wildlife Removal have a macabre relationship with snakes that is not really justified. The mere mention of the 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 is to lie the individual down and keep them still. That includes yourself whether it’s you who was bitten. By doing this we are trying to maintain the pulse low. However this has limited effect because the anxiety one feels after snake bite increases the pulse. In saying that, running about most certainly makes matters worse.
The next thing to do would be to identify the type of snake that bit the person in question. If you can not identify it make a mental note of what it looked like.
Get some ice if possible and put it on the lesion. Keep the injured part of the body as still as possible. Apply a splint if you’ve got suitable materials at hand.
Get medical help. Use your mobile phone to call an ambulance. If the ambulance station is far from where you are, request a helicopter or failing that start to drive 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. If you’re in a park or wilderness call the ranger service. They are able to keep anti venom.
Meet the ambulance half way and transfer the patient to the ambulance.
NEVER attempt to suck the poison out or reduce the wounded area. You might poison yourself and cause the venom to spread more quickly. Only apply a tourniquet or some other type of blood flow restriction device if you are advised to do so by a medical professional.
Normally a snake will strike very quickly and will inject about 1/2 – 1/4 of a drop of venom from every fang.
Venom takes time to mix with the blood. You can demonstrate this by taking taking a glass of water and gently placing one drop of ink on the surface of the water. You will notice how it takes a long time for the ink to combine throughout the water. Venom is the same. The venom is somewhere embedded in the tissue.
If you’re going into a wilderness, let the authorities know where you’re going and when you are expected back. Take distress flares with you and figure out if you’ll have reception for your cellular phone. Find out where help stations are situated, including emergency phones.
Wear sensible boots, Do not turn over logs and rocks. Don’t sit down without first checking the area and especially don’t lean on fallen trees or rocks without assessing 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 out of your tent at night, snakes like to crawl into places for protection against the cold.
Don’t leave food scraps because they will attract the local rodents. Snakes follow their food source that’s small animals, especially rodents. No rodents equals less prospect of snakes.
If you don’t have a tent, sleep above ground in a hammock if you can. Follow these simple rules and your odds of being bitten are much less.
Remember! Of you are going to work in your garden or pick up something in an area that has good camouflage for snakes like under bushes, among leaves, rocks or timber test the whole area gently with a long stick first.