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#3338769 - 08/27/13 11:26 PM if a snake bites you.
Eric Kilby
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If a snake bites you

Remain calm.
Immobilize the bitten arm or leg, and stay as quiet as possible to keep the poison from spreading through your body.
Remove jewelry before you start to swell.
Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water, and cover it with a clean, dry dressing.
Apply a splint to reduce movement of the affected area, but keep it loose enough so as not to restrict blood flow.
Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice.
Don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom.
Don't drink caffeine or alcohol.
Don't try to capture the snake, but try to remember its color and shape so you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.
Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell or is painful



I have a fear of snakes and to me one and two on that list are just stupid... remain calm? A snake just bit me! How do I accomplish that? Immobilize the arm/leg? Goes along with number one, a snake just bit I am running away! But that's just me.

What are some real backwoods tips for getting bit by a snake? What would the proper steps to take? Do you carry a snake bite kit in early season?
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#3338773 - 08/27/13 11:34 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Eric Kilby]
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never heard of anyone getting bit while hunting. just be careful and watch your step. that's honestly a good steps to take. the reason why they say stay calm is because when you get round up your adrenalin start running and could put you in worse shape then you were in. you don't want you blood flowing as much with poison in your system. it will make it worse. if your that scared of being bit. get a good pair of snake boots or snake chaps if you do get bit it will most likely be on the legs or feet. if your careful then you should be ok. imo your more likely to be bittin in turkey season then deer season. but honestly the odds are very low.
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#3338785 - 08/27/13 11:53 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: deerhunter10]
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Bites do happen, but 99% of people bitten are messing with the snake when bitten. I like snakes, but I don't mess with hot snakes.
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#3338802 - 08/28/13 02:59 AM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: ratsnakeboogy]
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Bite it back.
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#3338962 - 08/28/13 07:52 AM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Eric Kilby]
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Lol @ Eric
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#3338975 - 08/28/13 08:00 AM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Eric Kilby]
Dbllunger
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 Originally Posted By: Eric Kilby

What are some real backwoods tips for getting bit by a snake? What would the proper steps to take? Do you carry a snake bite kit in early season?


Lift and feel around under every rock and log you come across with your eyes closed. No kit is necessary. ;\)
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#3339119 - 08/28/13 09:57 AM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Dbllunger]
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Just watch shelby the swamp man.He will show you what to do.
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#3339432 - 08/28/13 01:43 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Eric Kilby]
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 Originally Posted By: Eric Kilby

What are some real backwoods tips for getting bit by a snake? What would the proper steps to take?


Really? Instead of taking sound scientifically tested advice, you want antiquated "backwoods" advice?

The best advice, if you want to live, is:

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If a snake bites you:

Remain calm.

Immobilize the bitten arm or leg, and stay as quiet as possible to keep the poison from spreading through your body.

Remove jewelry before you start to swell.

Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.

Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water, and cover it with a clean, dry dressing.

Apply a splint to reduce movement of the affected area, but keep it loose enough so as not to restrict blood flow.

Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice.

Don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom.

Don't drink caffeine or alcohol.

Don't try to capture the snake, but try to remember its color and shape so you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.

Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell or is painful.
******************************************


Now if you DON'T want to live, then by all means, take the "backwoods" advice.

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#3339435 - 08/28/13 01:46 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: BSK]
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If you are riding with Tonto he'll know what to do.
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#3339438 - 08/28/13 01:47 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: R Crabtree]
AndyW
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 Originally Posted By: R Crabtree
If you are riding with Tonto he'll know what to do.


Depends on where those fang marks are! \:D
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#3339442 - 08/28/13 01:53 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: AndyW]
beechnut
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 Originally Posted By: AndyW
 Originally Posted By: R Crabtree
If you are riding with Tonto he'll know what to do.


Depends on where those fang marks are! \:D


What the did the Dr say....Said you gonna die.... \:D \:D
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#3339466 - 08/28/13 02:12 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: BSK]
Eric Kilby
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Eric Kilby

What are some real backwoods tips for getting bit by a snake? What would the proper steps to take?


Really? Instead of taking sound scientifically tested advice, you want antiquated "backwoods" advice?

The best advice, if you want to live, is:

*********************************
If a snake bites you:

Remain calm.

Immobilize the bitten arm or leg, and stay as quiet as possible to keep the poison from spreading through your body.

Remove jewelry before you start to swell.

Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.

Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water, and cover it with a clean, dry dressing.

Apply a splint to reduce movement of the affected area, but keep it loose enough so as not to restrict blood flow.

Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice.

Don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom.

Don't drink caffeine or alcohol.

Don't try to capture the snake, but try to remember its color and shape so you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.

Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell or is painful.
******************************************


Now if you DON'T want to live, then by all means, take the "backwoods" advice.




What I mean is let's say you are back in the Cherokee mountains where I frequently hunt no cell phone service and your pretty deep in the steep hollers... what steps would you take since your alone and can't walk out on a normal day without your heart pumping and you have no chance at cell phone service.
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#3339471 - 08/28/13 02:16 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Eric Kilby]
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 Originally Posted By: Eric Kilby
[What I mean is let's say you are back in the Cherokee mountains where I frequently hunt no cell phone service and your pretty deep in the steep hollers... what steps would you take since your alone and can't walk out on a normal day without your heart pumping and you have no chance at cell phone service.


Walk out as calmly as possible. That's all you can do. Tourniquets, icing, cutting, or anything else you do to the bite site will cause more harm than good. often times you have about 6 hours before the poison is really working in your system.
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#3339534 - 08/28/13 03:11 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: ratsnakeboogy]
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 Originally Posted By: ratsnakeboogy
Bites do happen, but 99% of people bitten are messing with the snake when bitten. I like snakes, but I don't mess with hot snakes.


99%? Really? Nope gonna call bull on that. I guess you didn't see my post yesterday of the girl bitten on the finger by a copperhead...got it while weeding her flower garden out. Never saw the snake til after it struck her. She's one of 5 local people I know that have been bitten by copperheads in the past year...none of which were messing with the snakes. In fact, two were walking and just stepped near (not on) the snakes that got them and one was moving wood from his wood pile when he got bit. One was moving an old dog house of his and got it on the hand. So that's 5 I know of that have been bitten and not messing with the snakes prior to being bitten...100% unaware of a snake being anywhere close to them.

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#3339560 - 08/28/13 03:36 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: beechnut]
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 Originally Posted By: beechnut
 Originally Posted By: AndyW
 Originally Posted By: R Crabtree
If you are riding with Tonto he'll know what to do.


Depends on where those fang marks are! \:D


What the did the Dr say....Said you gonna die.... \:D \:D


\:D \:D LOL.

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#3339611 - 08/28/13 04:16 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: preds1]
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Okay, I'm serious here, I read somewhere a very long time ago that by applying an electric shock to the bite area within some short time frame of being bit totally kills the venom. Then I heard it was totally thrown out as wacko science that couldn't be replicated in a lab.

As science has progressed, anyone know if this has been re-tested or is it still a bunch of hogwash?

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#3339614 - 08/28/13 04:17 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Crow Terminator]
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Do not cut.
Remain calm
Ice the bite area.
Get to a Hosp. asap

That is about the extent of it. Forget about that cutting an X and sucking the venom out. The sucker is as likely to die as the sukee if he has any cuts opr sores in his mouth or dips. Besides, it does very little good.
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#3339705 - 08/28/13 05:24 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: AndyW]
tickweed
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check your underwear as well
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#3339782 - 08/28/13 06:45 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: preds1]
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 Originally Posted By: preds1
 Originally Posted By: beechnut
 Originally Posted By: AndyW
 Originally Posted By: R Crabtree
If you are riding with Tonto he'll know what to do.


Depends on where those fang marks are! \:D


What the did the Dr say....Said you gonna die.... \:D \:D


\:D \:D LOL.
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#3339820 - 08/28/13 07:37 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: AndyW]
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as the diggin season opens in few days, heres my experience with poisonous snakes in the woods. copperheads are difficult to see but their venom is not as potent as rattlers. just remember the hersheys kiss marks on them to identify. timber rattlers are pertty easy to see in the woods as they will be coiled up most of the day time. the roundness of the coil will be visible from a distance ,remeber the charlie brown t-shirt mark pattern on them. just be alert you wont have any problems. all the diggers around here that i know dont wear gators or nothing, i dont either as it gets in the way. i dont kill any snakes when i encounter them in the woods as i think its bad ju-ju. just be alert and watch your step and youll be fine. im more scared of steppin on yellow jackets nest then snakes
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#3339966 - 08/28/13 09:04 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: Crow Terminator]
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 Originally Posted By: ratsnakeboogy
Bites do happen, but 99% of people bitten are messing with the snake when bitten. I like snakes, but I don't mess with hot snakes.


99%? Really? Nope gonna call bull on that. I guess you didn't see my post yesterday of the girl bitten on the finger by a copperhead...got it while weeding her flower garden out. Never saw the snake til after it struck her. She's one of 5 local people I know that have been bitten by copperheads in the past year...none of which were messing with the snakes. In fact, two were walking and just stepped near (not on) the snakes that got them and one was moving wood from his wood pile when he got bit. One was moving an old dog house of his and got it on the hand. So that's 5 I know of that have been bitten and not messing with the snakes prior to being bitten...100% unaware of a snake being anywhere close to them.


Your right, 99% was meant to say a preponderance of bites.

75-80% worldwide and 85-90% in the U.S. are attributed to harassment or attempted capture of said snake.

Maybe folks living in your neck of the woods taste better?

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#3340025 - 08/28/13 09:54 PM Re: if a snake bites you. [Re: AndyW]
gator-n-buck
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What... I grew up in a state with tons snakes and never gave it much thought. This whole snake thing got me thinking that you might want to just calm down and be careful...

If you guys can't handle it... Stay out of the woods... \:\)


Edited by gator-n-buck (08/28/13 09:57 PM)

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