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?

Throughout the world, there are many different types of poisonous snakes with different distinct features. Being able to identify the types of different poisonous snakes in the United States helps with first aid because you can care for the wound accordingly, based on the type of snakebite it is.
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The picture above is a photo of a Rattlesnake, like the others, rattlesnakes can be found in the United States.
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Description of Snakebites

- Two puncture wounds

- Swelling and redness around the wounds

- Bleeding from wound

- Burning of the skin

Prevention of Snake Bites

-Be cautious when approaching or handling snakes in the wild.
-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

- Call 911 immediately
- 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

How to Treat a Snakebite