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Snakes Are Valuable and Should Be Treated With Respect


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?

Three Steps to successful management.

  1.  Relax and Call for help
    Snakes bite 45,000 people every year in the United States.
    8,000 of these are from venomous snakes.
    On average 12 people or less die each year. That's 12 out of 45,000 in the U.S..
    In most lands, don't worry, take action.
    About 5,000,000 snake bites occur world wide, mostly in tropical areas.
    Approximately 125,000 people die from the bite.
    Ask your guide or travel agent questions to prepare for where you may travel, Know where the hospital or medical services are and what will be needed to get treatment.
    Learn to identify venomous snake in your area or where you may travel.

  2. Look at the snake so you can explain what it looks like, but stay away from it!.
    Explaining what the snake looks like will help you get the right treatment.
    Learn to identify venomous snake in your area or where you may travel.

  3. Get Medical Treatment As Soon As Possible
    Even snake bites without venom can be very painful or result in infection. Always get treatment at a hospital, doctor or local medical service.

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.

Hemotoxic

  1. Immediate pain and burning at site of the bite, scratches or (one or two) punctures may be visible.

  2. Within a few minutes redness and swelling develops around the bite.

  3. The Bite site develops a purplish bruised look.

  4. Later, Nausea and Vomiting , Dizziness, Weakness, Sweats or Chills.

  5. A Metallic or Rubbery taste in the mouth.

  6. If not treated, possible Kidney Failure, Profuse Bleeding, Respiratory Failure.

Neurotoxic

  1. Symptoms may be delayed up to 8 hours or more.

  2. Bite marks may be tiny semicircular scratches or puncture wounds.

  3. There may be no pain at the bite, numbness or woody feel may develop.
    Strange sensations of numbness, heat, cold, tingling or pins and needles may develop.

  4. Blurred vision, slurred speech, difficulty keeping eyes open.

  5. Drooling or seizures.

  6. Paralysis, followed by cardiac or respiratory arrest.

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
(Below are some general first aid hints. Further training and instruction are required to handle these situations as a professional. Decisions about training, instruction or actions you may take are solely your own, this information is provided  for information purposes only, see the disclaimer and terms of use for this site below which includes all information on this site)

Move the patient and yourself well away from the snake! Get Medical help as soon as possible.

  1. Calm the patient and have them lye down with the bite below the level of the heart.

  2. Identify the snake if possible (DO NOT try to capture it)

  3. Remove clothing and jewelry from the area, these could become to tight during swelling.

  4. Clean the area with a antiseptic gauze pad.

  5. Apply the Snake Bite kits suction device to the wound, do not cut the wound open.

  6. Leave the suction device in place for up to 30 Minutes.

  7. Go to a medical facility As Soon As Possible ( Quickly but calmly without causing more injury)

  8. The following is discouraged by some medical professionals because it can result in further danger.( Use of these hints is your sole responsibility, but is included to give you information on possible options some have chosen.)
    If Medical help is more than 1 Hour away, tie or fasten a belt, sock or ace bandage or other wide flat item, 2 to 3 inches above the bite (between the bite and the heart) Tighten it snuggly, but NOT TIGHTLY. You should be able to put a finger between the item and the skin. Do Not cut off the blood flow to a limb, hand, finger or foot. You may only do more damage than the bite. Leave it in place.

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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