With the warmer months here, many of nature’s creatures are out and very active. One such creature is the snake. Here in southern Mississippi we have to worry about coral snakes, rattlers, and cotton mouths aka moccasins or poisonous water snake not to mention just plain ol ornery. My reason for posting on this is simple, my son was out at the black berry patch this past weekend and almost stepped on a moccasin.
Some people have adapted the live and let live motto when it comes to snakes and that’s all well and good, but the fact is not all snakes take that same philosophy. Last year at the lake we had some pretty mean snakes, that I saw chase folks in the lake. Even come up to people fishing on the banks and try to attack, not the bait but the person fishing. This being the case, my son knew to pay attention to his surroundings while outside.
Paying attention to your surroundings is the most important thing, yet there are other measures that can be taken as well.
Wearing shoes when outside
wearing long pants if in an area where there is tall grass or weeds
wearing protective clothing intended to prevent snake bites
always having a buddy along if traipsing through areas more prone to snakes (swamps, woods, weedy lots)
Never allow young children out without an adult (my son is a teenager and even now he has to have his dad to go berry picking with them..I am so not going)
Make sure that the yard is free of clutter, the garden is carefully weeded, and things such as wood piles and/or junk piles are well away from “populated play areas”
- Any waterfront, even man made ponds or small decorative fish ponds should be kept neat
While keeping the yard and active areas clean and clutter free won’t prevent snakes, it will allow for them to be seen much easier, allowing them to be avoided.
If bitten, seek immediate medical attention! Do not attempt to care for the wound unless it is the only option. Always attempt to keep the victim calm! That is the extent of my medical advise because while I know what to do, I am also not a licensed practitioner of any sort. My best advice for snake bites is simply this…AVOID GETTING BITTEN!
Stay Safe and Keep Learning.