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Snakes do bite many people every year and so must be respected, but their service in nature can't be replaced. They protect us from a rodent population that could spread death and disease to all of mankind. They are a very valuable part of the ecosystem. Most snakes are not venomous, those that are have venom for specific reasons. They may or may not use this venom when defending themselves. Remember, often when we encounter a snake, it is in the snakes territory, it may be as surprised as we are. Snakes are not evil nor inclined to harm man, they are simply carrying out their task in nature. Sometimes our paths may cross and to them we may look like a terrible threat. When threatened they may protect themselves, sometimes acting aggressively. Don't harm a snake in nature just because you happen to find it, it is one of the many necessary creatures that make up any ecosystem, just give it a wide space, enjoy it's colors, and then move on. Many snakes even provide valuable lifesaving drugs from their venom.
Snakes sometimes venture where they don't belong.
Killing a snake who has ventured into the wrong place, such as around your home, is not always the best choice. Snakes truly are valuable to us and the environment. Rather than killing a snake, call the local authorities or fish and wildlife services to see what should be done, while having someone keep an eye on it. Many people are bitten every year trying to kill or trap a snake. Some snakes can even bite by reflex after they appear long dead. Often they may appear dead but crawl off later. Be aware of these facts if you find yourself in a confrontation. If you must defend yourself do so with great care, your first option is always escape.
The tip of a walking pole can sometimes be used to distract a snake causing it to strike at the pole this may provide time to move away. Pepper spray, if available, also serves as a powerful non lethal deterrent to most wild animals.
What if I'm Bitten, Then What?
Could I Be Bitten and Not See The Snake?
The answer is yes. Here are the symptoms of a snake bite. If you or anyone with you suffer these symptoms, suspect a snake bite. Everything may seem fine until the victim starts getting weak and dizzy, has difficulty breathing or goes into shock.
Unless you are bitten by a Sea snake there are two basic types of snake poison( Hemotoxic and Neurotoxic) with slightly differing effects.
The effects of any bite depend on the amount of venom injected (if any). If the bite occurs at a extremity or in a vein, the size of the person bitten, the quickness of medical treatment.
Administering First Aid in the Field
Snakes Fears Can Be Managed
Snakes frighten many people around the world, perhaps you are one of them. The truth is we've spent some time examining this subject that many avoid. By doing so you have learned many lessons and have been inspired to think of many ways you may be able to protect yourself in the future. We've discussed venoms and reactions that you will likely never need to know. Places far flung on the earth with the greatest threats. But if you ever face such a situation, whether in your yard or the jungle your chances and those of others around you of avoiding the bite or recognizing and reacting to it have made survival a more real possibility.
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