The Dangers of U.S Poisonous Snakes
By: Daniela R, Megan K, Emily G, and Natalie G
Why is it Important to Know our Poisonous Snakes?
Coral snakes can be found living in areas that are forested, this type of coral snake can be found burrowed in the ground or hiding under rotted leaves. Also, a type of coral snake can live in deserts located in Arizona, this type can be found under rocks, and will burrow under sand or soil.
The water moccasin is the only venomous water snake in America. Even though they rarely bite humans, their bite will kill. These snakes are found in the southeastern parts of North America
Copperheads prefer to be located in rocky-forested hillsides and various wetlands, also they have been known to be hiding in rotted logs, and piles of sawdust.
Description of Snakebites
- Swelling and redness around the wounds
- Bleeding from wound
- Burning of the skin
Prevention of Snake Bites
-Avoid all areas that contain high grass, wood piles, rock piles, and leaf piles.
-When doing garden work, be sure to wear tall boots, gloves and long pants.
-Since snakes are most active during the summer time and night time, try to avoid working in gardens at those times, or be very cautious while doing so.
Treatment Steps for Snakebites
- Wrap a constriction band around the affected area right above where the biter happened
- Wash with soap and water (to reduce infection)
- Try to keep affected area below the level of the heart
- Keep victim calm and still, movement can cause venom to move quickly throughout the body
- Remove jewelry or tight clothing