Snake bites in the United States On average, 7000 to 8000bites per year. In 2000 according to theNSC, 9 people died frompoisonous snake bites, 12the previous year. As a perspective, 84people were killed in 2009by Bee’s. The majority of rattlesnakebites are when teased orhandled. http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic540.htm
Rattlesnakes arepresent on many oilfield leases or in ourown yards Can be dark brownto black in color. About 2 feetaverage length,some up to 5 feet. Like to sun bathe onnice firm objects-inroads More active arounddawn and duskI am really notthat meanand ugly!
Females bear 4-12young, live births.Mate in Spring, Birthin Fall Babies are born withfangs and poison No rattle on babiesuntil after the firstshedding, usuallyfollowing spring.
Why they strike Diet includes rodents,rabbits, reptiles andlizards Very few naturalpredators after theyare grown Sense heat andmovement todetermine size
Early spring theyare quite activelooking for foodand a mate Rattlesnakes likethings to live inand under thatprovide shelter Pipes, understeps, under wood,around pumpingunits, anythingthey can get underthat is stationary
If you encounter arattlesnake, don’t panic If you hear it, but don’tsee it. find it first-justlook around before youstep The rattle is a warning tostay away. Heed it’sadvice! Back away slowly Do not attempt tomolest or kill the snake
Some safety tips onrattlesnakes Hand placement Walking Working Looking Preventing Handling
The Bite from a Rattlesnake Two types of venom, Ahemotoxin, and a Neurotoxin. Most rattlesnakes areHemotoxic. The venom is acombination of enzymes andpeptides that begin the digestiveprocess. Mojave Green is Neurotoxic withsome hemotoxins. 85% of rattlesnake bites arebelow the knee. 50% are considered dry bites.The strike is defensive, theywant you to go away. Severity/effects depend onmany factors associated withthe snake and the person.
If you were bitten.... You will not die in 5 minutes (Unless you havea reaction) so relax! Clean the wound area, if you have an extractor,you can try it, but it probably won’t help. Hold part at same level as the heart if possible Do not apply ice Take Emergency Department or call 911 DO NOT APPLY ICE FOR SWELLING DO NOT CUT AND SUCK! DO NOT APPLY TORNIQUETS Basically- just go (quickly) to the Hospitalor call 911
Some other items to discuss Rattlesnakes are usually notaggressive unless provoked They will typically strike about 1/2 thedistance of their body, usually less butcan strike farther if angry! Rattlesnakes will crawl over a rope-Old cowboy thing. Rattlesnakes will not always rattlebefore the strike-they want you to goaway quietly They do not eat their young The dead head is dangerous and canstill bite you!. They will cuddle with you on a coldnight if you don’t mind.
So now you know, I amvery dangerous if handled, Iwill not hurt you if youjust go away. I got a bad wrap formy cousin eating apples.I can keep thosepesky mice under controlfor you...so get a grip and let me be!