Snake bites

  • Alternative Names

    Bites - snakes


    Prevention
    • Avoid areas where snakes may be hiding, such as under rocks and logs.
    • Even though most snakes are not poisonous, avoid picking up or playing with any snake unless you have been properly trained.
    • If you hike often, consider buying a snake bite kit (available from hiking supply stores). Do not use older snake bite kits, such as those containing razor blades and suction bulbs.
    • Don't provoke a snake. That is when many serious snake bites occur.
    • Tap ahead of you with a walking stick before entering an area where you can't see your feet. Snakes will try to avoid you if given enough warning.
    • When hiking in an area known to have snakes, wear long pants and boots if possible.

    References

    Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM. Reptile bites. In: Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2004:chap 195.

    Otten EJ. Venomous animal injuries. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 59.