Ready For Anything Now Survival Skills


 

Venomous Snakes Of Europe
Common Adder: Common throughout much of Europe and northern Morocco. The Common Adder has a zigzag pattern the full length of it's body. Found in grassy fields, forests and rocky slopes and farms. This snake bites many campers, hikers and farm workers each year. Strikes without provocation. Coloring varies brown to grey.
Long-Nosed Adder: Common throughout much of Europe and northern Morocco. The Long-Nosed Adder is very similar to the Common Adder. Found in grassy fields, forests and rocky slopes and farms. It is distinguished by a horn looking projection at the end of it's nose. Strikes without provocation. Coloring varies brown to grey.
Pallas' viper: Common in southeastern Europe. Pallas' viper is found in grassy fields, forests and rocky slopes and farms. It is a generally considered to be a docile snake. Coloring varies from grey to tan and yellow. The venom from this snake rarely causes death.
Ursini's viper: Common throughout much of Europe and northern Morocco. The coloring varies brown to grey, similar to the Long-Nosed Adder. Found in grassy fields, forests and rocky slopes and farms. This snake is very irritable and will strike without provocation. Deaths are rare from this snake's bite.


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 of room.
  • 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 other items. Sleeping on a cot is preferable.

 


Picture Credits;
Pallas' viper: JOHN H. TASHJIAN/BERND VON SCHROEDER
Ursini's viper: JOHN H. TASHJIAN/BÖTEJE FLARDH

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