Best Way To Survive A Poisonous Snake Bite
You can’t always avoid coming in contact with a snake which may results in a bite. Unless you are absolutely sure that a snake bite is not venomous treat it as if it is. The dangers involved in a snake bite depends on the species of snake, the amount of venom injected and on what part of the body the bite occurs.
Avoid An Attack If You Can
Anytime you come across a snake back away slowly. Do not try to prod it or get it to move. A snake can easily strike half the distance of their body length. If you are out walking in an area known to have snakes it’s a good idea to wear thick leather boots and long pants.
What Not To Do
- Do not try to suck out the venom.
- Don’t cut or make any incision around the bite area.
- Do not put ice on the wound.
- Do not apply a tourniquet.
Do This Instead
If you can, wash the bite area with soap and water. If possible keep the wound lower than the heart and immobilize that part of the body. In case of swelling remove any restrictions such as rings etc. Get treatment by a doctor as soon as you can. In the mean time lightly wrap a bandage above the wound but do not cut off the blood circulation.
How To Identify A Venomous Snake
You can’t always be sure but one way to identify a venomous or non venomous snake is by the shape of the head. Venomous snakes have a triangular shaped head due to the venomous glands on each side as shown in the image below.
Live well, Live Strong and Be Prepared, Leonard J. Kovar Jr.