5 Steps to Avoid a Snake Bite
Following some simple precautions will help you avoid
a snake bite.
1. Stay Alert to the possibility of a snakes
A snake will often lay motionless for long periods of time, this
presents a problem that causes many bites. This North American Copperhead
snake is exhibiting a common behavior for most snakes, simply lying still
and blending with the surroundings.
snake could easily be stepped on or near because it is motionless and well
Snakes are present in urban and suburban lawns, flower beds, gardens and
driveways around the world. This reality is often overlooked.
Be especially alert
when in rural areas such as Farms, Ranches, Campgrounds, Pastures or
Wilderness. Be watchful around junk, trash, barns or outbuildings even in
homes, cabins or other accommodations where it is open to the outside.
Proper lawn and
garden maintenance can reduce the places snakes can hide.
Most snake bites
occur without warning.
2. Be Careful Where You Step
When venturing into tall grass or weeds in open fields, forests or around
water, wearing tall rubber boots can prevent a bite from most small snakes
that might be encountered. These boots will also keep water off your feet if
you are wading. Leather Hiking boots or high top leather boots can all provide a
measure of protection against being bitten if you accidentally step on a
snake that is not seen.
Wear tall rubber Boots (and or snake protection gear) for protection if
entering tall grass, weeds or wading in water.
Wear leather hiking boots (and snake protection gear if needed) when
venturing out to hike, go camping or working in rural areas.
Wear loose pant legs,
this provides some protection from small striking snakes.
When walking, use a
hiking pole or stick and move it through the grass around you to scare away
snakes or discover them, before they are stepped on.
Step on logs,
not over them, always be alert to the top and lower parts of a log
as you approach, scanning for a snake. If none is seen, step on top of
the log and then well out away from it on the other side, a snake
could be laying just on the other side and could strike if you step over or
blindly stand near a log or other ground clutter.
3. Be Careful what you do with your hands.
The Coiled Copperhead under this log could easily be overlooked and may be
blocked from sight by the log yet it could strike the hand at any second
without warning, if it feels threatened.
In another example to the right, this Copperhead is blending almost perfectly
with the surroundings. This snake could easily be overlooked causing it to
feel threatened. It could be stepped on or it could strike when you reach to
picking up firewood or leaves. The Snake has been highlighted for
A Black Mamba in a
factory. It could easily be just as surprised as you causing it to
A Copperhead in a
suburban flower bed.
Don't put your hands
in places you can't clearly see.
Don't pick up or move
logs or rocks with your hands, turn them over first with a shovel, walking
staff or other item.
Look before you
reach, even when gardening or mowing the lawn.
Never attempt to pick
up a snake, taunt it or trap it. This is how many snake bites happen every
year. Unless it's a venomous snake near people, simply let it go on about
it's business. Local authorities in urban areas will respond to venomous
Hints To Avoid A Bite
- Don't try to pick up or trap a snake! It
sounds strange, but many people are bitten trying to grab or trap a snake
they have encountered.
- Walk around a snake giving it plenty
- Don't try to kill the snake just because you
have found it in the wilderness. This often ends in ways that are less
than desirable and snakes are very important to the environment.
- Don't put your hands or feet in places where
you cannot see such as tall grass, holes or crevices in logs, rocks or in
the ground. Don't pick anything up without first flipping it over with a
small tree branch, hiking pole or other item.
- Do not go bare foot or wear sandals when
exploring the outdoors. Always wear leather hiking boots or other suitable
footwear and clothing.
- Watch where you step, especially around
trees, brush or tall grass. Be alert to your surroundings. Remember,
Snakes often lay motionless and may be unnoticeable.
- If sleeping outdoors without a tent, don't
lay next to rocks, tall grass, brush or logs. Use mosquito netting to
create a barrier around yourself. Tuck mosquito netting well under your
sleeping bag and anchor it well away from your body with logs, rocks or