By Bayou Bob
It is never possible to avoid
all snakes! Almost every part of the U.S. is
represented by some species of snakes, including
at least one poisonous type. At any given time in
any location, a person can encounter a snake!
The very extreme cold climates
tend to be less suitable for any enduring
population. In the vast majority of locales,
people and snakes simply will come together now
and again. Usually it is the snake that regrets
the encounter! Yet is relatively simple to
minimize the likelihood of having a severe or
negative adventure with snakes! There are plenty
of wild stories out there to captivate the minds
of those whose time is still yet to come with
such an encounter. These stories get embellished
over time and soon the range of terror and fear
are boundless! Most stories are based in pure
exaggeration and often are founded in the fear of
the beholder themselves in that moment of lost
control when confronted by a live snake.
With a little care and self
training, coupled with a dose of good common
sense, there is small reason to ever fear the
out-of-doors at all! Think about all the defenses
that may be pressed into service during any
outing to assist at either allowing the snake to
escape away early, or promoting the person's
ability to stay in control of any menacing
factors or dangerous variables. This is all quite
easy to accomplish! Check the thirteen essentials
USEFUL TIPS TO
1. Be aware of your
surroundings at all times. Don't
just blindly wander through woods, weeds, trails,
bushes, and the like.
2. Avoid specific
snake habitats like brush piles,
debris mounds, logjams, root systems, abandoned
buildings, watery areas, "cover" in
general. Remember, they may be anywhere else
3. Wear leather
shoes or boots at least ankle high or better when
walking in suspected snake country.
4. Never sit or
climb (feet and
hands), or step over obstacles anywhere without
first looking carefully prior to taking the move.
5. Observation is
critical to avoidance - learn to
check around with a sweeping glance for anything
that seems out of place, for this may be your
subconscious notice of a camouflaged critter
lurking close by.
6. Near water
of any kind, be aware that many species
"hang out" there and will likely be
quite hidden from view while they are sleeping or
hunting - just be more alert.
7. Remember that
snakes have needs for shelter,
water, and food basically in that order just to
survive, so be aware of these "needs"
and be alert when these are especially present in
any combination. Learn to recognize food
favorites of the species in your area so that
when you know the food animal's habits, you also
know those of the snakes!
8. Try not to stalk
along quietly as snakes have many sensing devices
to warn them of your presence - let these work
freely with noise, movements, etc. and thus not
make the snake think it may be the target of a
predator when it would need to become more
9. Take a pet
along on outings since these animals have a much
more effective set of senses when it comes to
snakes - a point guard is often a good confidence
builder and may serve as a beneficial warning.
10. When a snake is
spotted, leave it alone!
So many bite victims have chosen to hit the snake
or try to catch it. Remember, where there is one,
there are likely others! Be alert!
11. Learn more about
snakes in the area where you live or
play so that you better understand their
capabilities and behaviors.
12. Learn basic
snakebite first aid. Prepare
yourself and always expect the unexpected. Here
snake bite first aid information.
13. Be in tune with
your environment - know that most
critters, including snakes, try to avoid human
contact. Practice skills that make you more aware
of what is happening and what critical conditions
are present as you move through the fields and