Snake bites/stings are injuries caused by puncture wounds produced by the fangs of these animals, which often introduce poisoning, in this case, it is called ophidic poisoning.
Snakes are not aggressive animals, they mostly flee from humans. When they bite they do so in self-defense, it usually happens if they are in their natural habitat and are bothered in some way or if we accidentally get in their way.
Snakes live in captivity and are responsible for a high rate of bites, most of their victims are usually biologists, collectors, veterinarians, zookeepers or trainers.
Types of Poisonous And Non-Poisonous Snakes
The bites of poisonous snakes can be described as small bleeding holes, the distance of the fangs can give the idea of the depth where the poison is and this may also depend on the type of snake.
1. King Cobra
It is the most poisonous snake in the world, it has an impressive appearance and size.
2. Black Mamba
Its poison is one of the deadliest and is considered one of the longest on the African continent.
Contains a poison that is not as potent, is one of the most common and there are 30 species of it.
It is extremely dangerous since it has a high potential for poison, its types are usually identified by presenting ringed colors on its body.
Types of Non-Poisonous Snakes
The bites of snakes that are not poisonous are characterized by causing a series of bleeding points in shallow rows that do not allow inflammation or pain to manifest.
1. Royal Python
It is the snake that people like the most because it is very shy and is not poisonous.
2. Reticulated Python
It is very striking because of its great size, it does not possess poison and does not seek to bite, in spite of this, its defense mechanism is to wind around its prey and suffocate it.
3. Boa Constrictor
It is very impressive because of its large size and the thickness of its body, however, it is not the largest and is not poisonous either.
4. Black Rat
It can be up to 8 feet long in its adult state, which makes it the largest snake in Canada, it does not contain poison and has many striking colors that allow it to blend into its natural environment.
How To Act In Front Of A Serpent Is Venezuela Or Not?
When you find yourself in front of a snake, it is normal for you to panic and runs away, or move away with very sudden movements that provoke the self-defense of these animals.
Keep in mind that they are not usually dangerous. Generally before attacking they stay motionless waiting for you to follow your path without disturbing them, so the best thing you can do is get away as calmly as possible.
- Before you sit on the ground, move the earth with a stick.
- Avoid placing your hands on trunks, rocks or herbs that are tall.
- Check your backpack before you enter your hand.
- If a snake appears to you, try to be calm and move slowly.
- Do not try to touch her, even if she is dead.
Symptoms Of A Serpent Bite
If a snake bites you, the symptoms that will appear more quickly will be:
- Pain in the area of the sting and swelling.
- Body weakness
- Nausea or vomiting
- The vision may get blurred.
- It is normal to feel more thirsty for the common.
- The area of the bite may harden.
These symptoms will vary depending on whether it is a poisonous snake or not, but in both cases, the bite must be treated because it puts health, even life, at risk.
How To Act Before A Snake Sting?
- If you suffer a bite, you should call immediately for emergencies and try to stay at rest and calm while they arrive.
- Do not consume any kind of food, just drink plenty of water.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory, in this case if you have acetaminophen until you are seen by the doctor.
- The affected area must remain below the heart so that the blood flow is slowed down.
- It is recommended to remove all kinds of accessories, watches, bracelets, rings, etc. Because the area will ignite quickly.
- You should look at the snake that has bitten you, as it will be essential for doctors to know if it is a poisonous species and to find the antidote.
- It is necessary to clean and cover the wound, without exerting pressure, with the purpose of eliminating waste that may generate infection.
- We must be attentive at all times to vital signs, control the pulse, breathing, temperature, consciousness.
- Once the medical help arrives, they will take charge of carrying out the treatment, explain what happened in detail.
What Should You Not Do In The Event Of A Serpent’s Bite?
Finally, this is a small list of things you should avoid doing before a snake bite:
- Never make a tourniquet, to slow down the poison you can make a bandage over the affected area, preventing blood flow is reduced too.
- Do not suck the poison from the wound.
- Do not cut the affected area, with the intention of making it bleed and eliminate the poison.
- Do not make a physical or unnecessary effort, since it would accelerate the action of the poison.
- Do not use cold compresses in this type of wounds.
Put all these tips into practice when applying first aid in case of a snake bite/sting. They will be of vital importance!