Can a snake strike if not coiled?
First, quickly observe the snake's posture. A coiled rattler that is audibly shaking its tail (rattle) is probably preparing to strike. However, while a snake may strike across a greater distance if coiled, snakes can attack from any posture.
Dress appropriately. In warmer months, wear boots – at least ankle high – with heavy pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Although only some snakes can bite through cloth, it will interfere with the injection of the venom if the snake is poisonous.
- You can supplement the pants with anti-snake gaiters or chaps, usually made of a tough nylon material such as Cordura (I haven't heard of the Teflon angle before!). Some leggings are even made of hard plastic. Forestry Suppliers, Inc. sells a Kevlar-based snake gaiter for $70. Easy to put on, and very snake-proof.
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- Some people mistakenly think that baby snakes are more venomous either because they can't control how much venom they inject, or because their venom is more concentrated. Neither idea is true. "Adult snakes are as dangerous, or more dangerous, than a young snake," Steen said.
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- Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and keep the person calm and as still as possible until medical help arrives. Avoid washing the bite area because any venom left on the skin can help identify the snake. DO NOT apply a tourniquet, cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom out.
- Rattlesnake bites are a medical emergency. Rattlesnakes are venomous. If you're bitten by one it can be dangerous, but it's very rarely fatal. However, if left untreated, the bite may result in severe medical problems or death.
- Given how quickly its venom can kill (as quickly as 10 minutes, though sometimes it takes a few hours, depending on how much is injected; the average time until death after a bite is around 30-60 minutes), around 95% of people still die from Black Mamba bites usually due to being unable to get the anti-venom
If you want to avoid being at the receiving end of a pair of venomous fangs, follow these simple guidelines while out romping in the wilderness:
- Avoid tall grass.
- Remember that snakes can climb.
- Check before you stick your hand into a crevasse.
- Zombie snake attack.
- Don't sleep in the enemy's lair.
- Myth Number Two: Lime should be used as a snake repellent. The fact: Lime has never been shown to repel snakes in tests. Applying lime in an area to repel snakes may be hazardous to humans and pets. If lime becomes damp or wet, it becomes very caustic to humans and domestic animals.
- Snakes are most active in the early mornings on spring and summer days when the sun is warming the earth. Snakes turn in for the evening, sleeping at night. Rattlesnakes can only bite from a coiled position. When someone gets bitten by a snake, immediately apply a tourniquet above the bite and ice it.
- The reason snake repellents don't work is because there is nothing intimidating to a snake about the smell of naphthalene or sulfur. Even if there were, snakes do not smell the way people traditionally assume they do. Snakes use smell as a method of information.
Updated: 20th October 2018