Rattlesnakes which are a group of venomous snake live wide array of habitations. They are found everywhere in the wilderness. Their foods are small birds, rodents, gophers, frogs and occasional meaty insects. When shaking of the titular noisemaker which is often called “rattle” at the end of their tail, they want to warn predators about their appearance. It is believed that the rattlesnakes are extremely dangerous so they can kill adult by a small amount of their venom. However, it is human beings who kill a large number of rattlesnakes. They don not deliberately stalk people unless they are attacked to protect themselves. The key defense mechanism is poisonous venom. When the preys or threats come near, they inject venom from via sharp fangs in victims’ body. Steps below will help you avoid rattlesnakes attack when traveling in North America wildness
Understand your snake
Before the trip, you should find any information about what different kinds of snake to identify them in the forest. Don’t hang out the wood to find out them or don’t get closer when you do not know them exactly. However if you know what the rattlesnake look like, it will be useful for you in some situations such as you are aware of what you have to do when you or someone in your groups is bitten. One special feature of rattlesnake like its name that you can realize easily is a rattle at the end of its tail
Be aware of snake’s habitation
When you are hiking, climbing, climbing, or even walking in the wilderness, you can be likely encountered by rattlesnakes as you are violating their habitation. The summer night is the time the rattlesnakes like the best; they often appear with dense population whereas the human eyesight is limited. When the sun sets; therefore, you should use the flashlight and wear good footwear. The rattlesnakes usually hide in rocks, shrub or brush to avoid contact with the predators including human and large human, so be careful when you come there.
The rattlesnakes have a tendency to encounter human on the hand, feet and ankle so you should prepare proper clothes to protect the body against venom’s snake. The long loose-fitting pants, thick high boots, and decent socks are the best options
- Be careful when camping
- During camping, the risk is an inevitable thing so you need to follow some suggestions below
- Make sure the campsite is safe before making a tent
- Check tent before going to bed in case some unwanted guests come
- Use the flashlight in the night.
Follow the warning signs
On the way to the wilderness, you may see the warning sign about the presence of rattlesnake; your responsibility is to obey it. If the local people said that there are the rattlesnakes around here, you should back off.
Keep calm when you or someone else is bitten
If you or your friends get bitten by rattlesnake, let’s calm down instead of panic because the more you nervous, the faster venom move, therefore remaining immobilized and going to the hospital as soon as possible.