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How To Protect Yourself From Snakes

 

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Snakes in the Grass 

The most important and easiest means of protecting yourself from a snake attack or snake bite is to simply avoid all contact with snakes , unless , of course , you’re a ” snake charmer ” . For the rest of us , remember that snakes don ‘t like charming . Snakes move in a slithering and sometimes side-winding motion . They have developed several modes of locomotion with each mode being distinct from the others . Lateral undulation is the most common mode in terrestrial locomotion and the sole mode of locomotion in aquatic locomotion . They also move and strike with lightning speed , making it almost impossible to avoid an attack or strike . Therefore , your first and most important defense against a snake attack is to avoid them . To avoid them you must know where they live and where they are most likely to be when they are not at home .

Know where snakes live 

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Snakes , depending on the specie , can live in tall grass , in a crevice or in a dark hole . They can also live in trees and hide out in man-made objects . There are also many species of water snakes . Snakes are not social creatures and therefore tend to hide while waiting for their prey . Their main hunting technique is ambush .

Know your specie of snake

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Being prepared means knowing the specie of snake in the area or climactic environment that you will be frequenting . Snakes can be found on every continent except Antarctica . In addition to land snakes , sea snakes are quite widespread in the Indian and Pacific Oceans . Water snakes are also prevalent along lakes and river banks and can lie in wait under your boat . There are over 3,4oo species of snakes worldwide and while this is and incredible number , rest assured that they will not all be in your area of travel .

Ten Interesting Facts About Snakes

  • snakes are carnivorous
  • snakes have no eyelids or external ears
  • they have only one lung
  • the tiny Thread snake is only 10 cm long
  • the Reticulated python can be almost 7 m long
  • most snakes are nonvenomous
  • some species kill by constriction
  • they live in the Himalayas at 16,000 feet
  • they use smell to track their prey
  • weak eyesight , infrared sensitivity and ground vibration are three means of detecting prey
  • some snake venom will attack your blood stream
  • some snake venom will attack your nervous system
  • large pythons kill by constriction – stay away from these places
  • of the 725 venomous snakes only 250 can kill with 1 bite
  • in India 250,000 bites are recorded annually resulting in as many as 50,000 deaths

 

To Protect Yourself From A Snake Attack

  • know where they live
  • know the specie(s) in your area of travel
  • they can be found in trees at eye level
  • do not stick your hands or feet in a crevice , hole or other similar cavity
  • snakes will lie in the sun motionless to warm their bodies – look for them to be there
  • carry a stick to clear the tall grass and vegetation while looking for them if you cannot avoid walking through tall grass or other thick areas of vegetation
  • they are very well camouflaged and are sometimes very hard to see in the trees
  • wear heavy boots and gaiters designed for snake bite protection
  • carry a snake bite kit
  • most snakes are nocturnal – keep your boots inside your tent
  • zip up your tent
  • be sure to research the area for the specie of snake that lives there

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All in all , a very small percentage of snakes are dangerous to humans . They are a very interesting part of the natural world and if given their due respect , they should not prevent you from enjoying the outdoors .

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Paul

I am an avid outdoors enthusiast, and I spend most of my free time in the great outdoors. The mountains and rivers, ... and everything in between ... is always calling me. Nature is my sanctuary.

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