I learned to respect venomous snakes when I lived in Mississippi and hunted the swamps and bayous. I’ve seen some big rattlers and cottonmouths in the wild, but never came close to getting bit. Navigation expert Blake Miller posted this on his website, and it contains some good info. – Leon
- Wear hiking boots and loose-fitting long pants.
- Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas.
- When hiking, stick to well-used trails.
- Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
- Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark.
- Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood.
- Remember, rattlesnakes can swim so never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers.
- Teach children to respect snakes and to leave them alone.
What to do in the event of a snake bite:
- Stay calm and wash the bite area gently with soap and water.
- Remove watches, rings, etc, which may constrict swelling.
- Immobilize the affected area and go to the nearest medical facility.
What you should NOT do after a rattlesnake bite:
- DON’T apply a tourniquet.
- DON’T pack the bite area in ice.
- DON’T cut the wound with a knife or razor.
- DON’T use your mouth to suck out the venom.
- DON’T let the victim drink alcohol.