Sun’s Out, Snake’s Out!
Florida is known for its great beaches, its constant sunny weather and it’s palm trees, but it’s also home to about 50 different species of snakes. Luckily for us, only six are venomous, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision. These include the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, Timber rattlesnake, Dusky Pygmy rattlesnake, Eastern Coral snake, Florida Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin), and Southern Copperhead snake.
It’s Snake Season in Florida
Florida is among seven states that reported the most snake bites that included children, and that’s because when the weather gets warm, the cold-blooded reptiles come out of the woodworks. Especially, if you live near areas with palmettos, bushes or large areas with pine straw, since these snakes like the heat and constantly go in there and hide and dig holes.
While snakes might look threatening, officials say most snakes only bite when provoked. So, here are some tips to avoid a snake bite:
- If you happen to come across a snake, just leave it alone.
- Be aware that snakes are more active at night than in the morning.
- Wear closed shoes during peak hours.
- If bitten, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Most doctors can tell the type of snake the bite is from.
Although snakes only bite when provoked, they can still be very dangerous. Some bite symptoms include:
- A pair of puncture wounds and marks
- Redness and swelling around the are of the bite
- Severe pain at the side of the bite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty breathing, or suffocation in very extreme cases
- Blurred vision
- Increased salivation and swelling
- Numbness or tingling around your face or limbs
If, by an unfortunate reason you do get bitten by a snake, please take these necessary steps while waiting for medical help:
- Remain calm and move away from the snake’s striking distance.
- Remove any jewelry and tight clothing before you start to swell.
- Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
- Clean the wound, but don’t flush it with water. Cover it with a clean, dry dressing.
- Use a tourniquet or apply ice.
- Cut the wound or attempt to extract the venom.
- Drink caffeine or alcohol, which could speed your heart rate, which will speed up your body’s absorption of venom.
- Try to capture the snake. Instead, remember its color and shape so that you can describe it to the doctors, which will help in your treatment.
If you live in an area that is known to have snakes and you’re not sure what type they are or if they are venomous, it’s best to leave them alone. Contrary to popular belief, most snakes will not bother you and do not deliberately set out to harm humans or their pets. In fact, snakes will typically retreat when approached by humans. Snakes usually only bite when provoked.
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