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Stop! Think! Then Act! Snake Safety 05/01/2018

Snake safety

 

Stick to well-used, open trails. In scrubby areas, use a walking stick to alert a snake of your approach

Avoid walking through thickly vegetated area

Step onto, rather than over fallen logs as there may be a snake on the other side. Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see

 

Avoid putting your hands into places where snakes may shelter

 

  • holes in logs and trees

 

  •  holes made by other animals

 

  •  cracks in the ground

 

  • holes in tree roots

 

  •  under rocks.

 

 

If you see a snake.

 

 

  • If you come across a snake Never attempt to catch or kill a snake. They will defend themselves if confronted or threatened. Most snake bites occur when people try to catch or kill a snake.

 

 

 

  • Remain calm to avoid disturbing it (otherwise it may try to find a place to hide in your house to avoid a confrontation)

 

 

If you are unlucky enough to be bitten

 

 

Snake bite can be life-threatening if the snake is venomous. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness or bleeding at the site of the bite. If a person is bitten by a snake, it's important that he or she remains calm, immobilises the bite area and removes jewellery or tight clothing. Emergency medical care should be obtained as soon as possible.

 

 

 

  • Call for help immediately

 

  • Do NOT Try to Suck out the poison

 

  • Do NOT cut the wound

 

  • Do NOT wash the bite. (the hospital has the best chance of identifying the snake by any venom sill around the wound)

 

  • Apply a pressure bandage tightly across the bite and up the limb to immobilise it.

 

  • apply direct and firm pressure to the bite site with your hands (it is also important the patient is kept still).

 

  • Stay as calm and as still as possible while you are waiting to help to come.

 

 

 

Facts

 

 

 

 

 

  • In those attacks in which the snake was positively identified, the brown snake was the most common biter (41%), followed by the tiger snake (17%) and red-bellied black snake (16%).