Venomous snakes can be found no matter where you travel throughout the United States of America but some people believe that the majority of people that get bit by venomous snakes occurs in the southwestern part of the country.
After doing a little research I discovered that venomous snakebites kill an average of over 90,000 people worldwide every year.
Over 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States and about half the victims bitten by venomous snakes die and the fortunate ones who are treated with a antivenin in a timely manner usually survive and live to tell about their near death ordeal.
If a person survives a venomous snake bite the person may suffer tissue damage that may cause a permanent disability to the person bitten.
Most venomous snake bites that involve feet, toes, legs, hands, fingers, and arms has caused over 300.000 people to have amputations every year.
Some may think the only way a person could get bitten by a venomous snake would be only in the woods or in a forest but over six million people in the United States of America own and keep venomous snakes as exotic pets.
One type of venomous snake is called a pit viper and this type snake includes copper heads, cottonmouths, water moccasins, and rattlesnakes.
Another type of venomous snake is called a elapid snake such as the coral snake who’s neurotoxic venom is designed to paralyze and kill their prey.
The majority of people who are bitten by venomous snakes or elapid snakes are bitten during warmer months of summer when snake are more active.
If you are bitten by a venomous snake do not cut or attempt to suck venom from the wound, like you have seen them do in the old western movies.
You are not supposed to use ice or a tourniquet for the treatment of a venomous snake.
Some signs and symptoms of a venomous snake can be pain, numbness, paresthesia, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dyspnea, difficulty swallowing, confusion, hypotension, tachycardia, seizures, and elevated temperature.
Things to remember:
If you like to go hunting, fishing,biking, camping or go hiking through a wooded area you may want to pack your backpack with a book that has a list of venomous snakes, what they look like, and what you should do if bitten by a venomous snake.
Always be on alert when walking in or though a wooded area.
If you see a snake, do not make any quick movements but just stay calm and slowly move in the opposite direction.
Do not cut or attempt to suck venom from a snake bite wound and do not use ice or a tourniquet on person with a venomous snake.
Do not attempt to catch the venomous snake that bit you or someone else.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a venomous snake immediately call 911 and wait on a ambulance or call 911 and have someone take you or the person bitten to the nearest hospital emergency room.
If you are bitten by a venomous snake, the more you exert yourself, the better chance of increasing the spread of the venom throughout your body by the blood flowing through your veins and arteries.