This one gives us the shivers just thinking about it! But there are many folks who work in snake territory, and probably already know what to do. Here are just a few reminders to ensure your safety and facts you might not know:
- A snake’s striking distance is about one-half the total length of the snake.
- If bitten, note the color and shape of the snake’s head to assist with treatment.
- Wear boots at least 10” high.
- Snakes enjoy sunning on fallen trees, limbs or other debris.
- Be careful where you place your hands and feet when removing debris. Wear heavy gloves.
- If you see a snake, step back and let it go on by.
- Bite victims should be kept still and calm to slow the spread of venom.
- Apply first aid: lay the person down so the bite is below the level of the heart, and cover bite with a clean, dry dressing. Never cut the wound or attempt to suck out the venom.
In the state of Texas, there are four venomous snakes: copperhead, cottonmouth (water moccasin), coral, and rattlesnake. It is wise to be familiar with the types of snakes that inhabit your part of the world, in order to be prepared.
Many folks feel “the only good snake is a dead one”, but remember, snakes play an important part in the balance of nature.