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All Snake Killers
God has made us different,
he made us so unique.
We slither on the ground,
we have no hands and feet.
Though you find us scary,
or maybe just plain weird,
our intentions are not to hurt you
or cause you such great fear.
Our venom's not meant for humans
but to help us when we eat.
So, please stop the senseless killing
before we're all extinct.
We're not saying you have to love us
or tell us we're the best.
God's the one who created us.
So, treat us with respect.
written by Sarah Clark
for Southeastern Reptile Rescue
Fears are educated into us
and can, if we wish,
be educated out.
-Karl A. Merringer
A righteous man cares for
the needs of his animal...
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair.
And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham
Signs of Venomous Snake Bites -
Depending on the type of snake, the signs and symptoms may include:
- -A pair of puncture marks at the wound;
- -Redness and swelling around the bite;
- -Severe pain at the site of the bite;
- -Nausea and vomiting;
- -Labored breathing (in extreme cases, breathing may stop altogether);
- -Disturbed vision;
- -Increased salivation and sweating;
- -Numbness and tingling around the face and limbs.
If you or someone else is bitten by a venomous snake:
- -Try to see and remember the color and shape of the snake, which can help with treatment of the snakebite.
- -Keep the bitten person still and calm. This can slow down the spread of venom if the snake is venomous.
- -Seek Medical attention as soon as possible.
- -Dial 911 or call emergency services (EMS)
- -Apply first aid if you cannot get the person to the hospital right away.
- -Lay or sit the person down with the bite below the level of the heart.
- -Tell him/her to stay calm and still.
- -Cover the bite with a clean dry dressing.
What NOT to do if you or someone else is bitten by a venomous snake -
- -Do not pick up the snake or try to trap it (this may put you or someone else at risk for a bite).
- -Do not apply a tourniquet.
- -Do not slash the wound with a knife.
- -Do not suck out the venom.
- -Do not apply ice or immerse the wound in water.
- -Do not drink alcohol as a pain killer.
- -Do not drink caffinated beverages.
The above information regarding venomous snake bites
and first aid is provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
Snake Bite Statistics
for the United States
-7,000 venomous snake bites are reported annually in the U.S.
-15 fatalities result placing the survival rate at 499 out of 500.
-Approximately 3,000 are classified as illegitimate meaning
the bite occurred while handling or harrassing the snake.
-85% of natural bites are below the knee.
-50% of bites are dry (no venom is injected).