Thursday, 9 August 2012

10 Things to Know About Snakebites

But say you're walking out in nature, and come face to face with a threatening-lookingslitherer who brings you to a halt. As you decide your plan of action, here are ten things to keep in mind.

1. All snakes bite. But not all snakes are venomous, and even venomous snakes don't always deliver poison in their bite. However, it's a possibility, and if you are bitten by a venomous snake you should seek medical attention immediately.

2. You can tell by looking at a snake's head shape whether it is poisonous or not. A venomous snake often has a broad and triangular-shaped head. They have a pit between the eye and nostril, a characteristic which gave them the name pit vipers.

A nonvenomous snake has a smooth cap over its head and a skinnier headshape.

3. If you've been bitten, it's even easier to tell if the snake is venomous or not. A venomous snake leaves two puncture wounds with their fangs.

A nonvenomous snake leaves a semicircular, smile-shaped wound. (Smile! You have not been bitten by a poisonous snake!)

4. If possible, take note of the characteristics of the snake that bit you. Knowing what type of snake was responsible will allow medical professionals to give you the right treatment.

5. You may have seen it done in the movies, but sucking the venom out is not a good course of action. Suction and tourniquets might make the situation worse.

6. In the case of a severe bite, you might be treated with antivenin. It serves to neutralize the snake venom in your body.

7. Medical care for a venomous snake bite can cost up to $50,000, according to JillHeatley, associate professor of veterinary medicine at Texas A & M University. You may be hospitalized for a day to several weeks and antivenin is expensive.

8. Snake bites are responsible for 20,000 deaths around the world each year.

9. Your pet is likely at higher risk for a snake bite than you are, especially if you let your cat or dog wander off leash. Provoked snakes commonly bite dogs on their noses, and cats on their paws.

Pets also require immediate treatment, and may die within 12 or 24 hours from venom spreading through their bodies.

10. Best practices to avoid snake bites include wearing pants and boots when walking in potential snake habitats, moving backwards away from a snake that's been sighted in your path, and never attempting to pick up or handle a snake as you've seen animal trainers do on TV. Snakes,snakes,TaipanThe Death Adder,Tiger Snaketop 10 list,Top 10 Most Deadly Snakes of the world,Top Most toxic Snakes,top tenvenomous snakes

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