A rattlesnake bite in the backcountry can be a life-threatening situation. Learn what you can do to survive the bite!
Despite the rattlesnake’s loud rattle and bold appearance, most of them will do everything they can to avoid contact with humans. However, if a snake is located in your path then it is extremely important to give the snake its space while making a wide circle around reptile. Warning: approaching any snake in that situation can be extremely dangerous.
If you happen to startle the snake as you approach, then it is likely it will take a self defensive strike. For humans, this is a dangerous scenario that requires quick action in order to avoid serious harm or even death.
Luckily for us, the kind fellows at National Geographic have put together a great video on what steps are most important after the bite.
A rattlesnake bite causes extreme pain and swelling so it is crucial to stay calm and stay focused. Common immediate responses to a rattlesnake bite are to pack the area around the bite with ice and to literally suck out the poison. According to doctors, however, both of these remedies will do little to slow down the poison and can actually shave away at your chances for survival.
If bitten by a rattlesnake, keeping the wounded area still and below the heart is the most important life saving information that can be given. After this it is important to call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Remember, time is the biggest deciding factor in whether any rattlesnake victim survives. Procrastination in completing any of these steps within the first 20 minutes of being bitten can prove to be fatal!
It is very important to properly identify snakes in the wild. To ensure being prepared in case of an encounter with one of these dangerous reptiles, be sure to check out this list of venomous snakes in your state. Oh, and owning a pair of quality snake boots never hurt anyone either. Stay safe everyone!