Snakes are quiet, limbless animals that slither across the ground. This makes it easy for them to blend in with their surroundings and catch you off guard. A snake bite is probably one of the last things you think about, but 45,000 people in the U.S are bitten by a snake each year. Here is what you need to know about snake bites.
Dry vs. Venomous
Though nobody wants to endure the pain of a snake bite, it’s better to have a dry bite than a venomous one. Dry bites simply mean no venom is released, but the bite will still be painful and cause swelling and redness around the bite wound.
A venomous bite, on the other hand, can cause much worse symptoms because these bites are meant to stun or kill a snake’s prey. If the bite is venomous, you may feel nausea, dizziness, stinging of the skin, muscle weakness, blurred vision, and more. You can’t always tell if a snake bite is dry or venomous, so always treat it as a medical emergency.
Which Snakes Bite?
All snakes are portrayed on TV as sneaky, dangerous creatures that contain venom. However, not all snakes are venomous. The two types of snakes that you should be aware of are the two most venomous: Elapid & Viper snakes. The Elapid family includes Cobras, Mambas, Coral Snakes, and Tiger Snakes. Viper snakes include Rattlesnakes, Moccasins, and Lance-Headed Vipers.
Care & Prevention
If you are bitten by a snake, regardless of if it has been identified as non-venomous, you should seek medical care to be sure. Doctors provide anti-venom to patients in the event of venomous bites. While anti-venom can be lifesaving, it can also cause serum sickness which can lead to fatigue, fever, and joint aches.
When released from care, do not hesitate to contact your physician is symptoms worsen or if signs of serum sickness arise (typically 5-10 days after treatment). To prevent snake bites from occurring, wear long pants and closed-in shoes when hiking outdoors.
Do not attempt to handle or tease any snakes you come across. If a snake gets inside of your home, contact a professional and do not try to remove it yourself.
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