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RattlesnakesSome facts and a little fiction
Snake bites in the United States On average, 7000 to 8000bites per year. In 2000 according to theNSC, 9 people died from...
 Rattlesnakes arepresent on many oilfield leases or in ourown yards Can be dark brownto black in color. About 2 feetave...
 Females bear 4-12young, live births.Mate in Spring, Birthin Fall Babies are born withfangs and poison No rattle on bab...
Why they strike Diet includes rodents,rabbits, reptiles andlizards Very few naturalpredators after theyare grown Sense ...
 Early spring theyare quite activelooking for foodand a mate Rattlesnakes likethings to live inand under thatprovide she...
 If you encounter arattlesnake, don’t panic If you hear it, but don’tsee it. find it first-justlook around before youste...
 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 ...
 If you were bitten.... You will not die in 5 minutes (Unless you havea reaction) so relax! Clean the wound area, if yo...
Some other items to discuss Rattlesnakes are usually notaggressive unless provoked They will typically strike about 1/2 ...
So now you know, I amvery dangerous if handled, Iwill not hurt you if youjust go away. I got a bad wrap formy cousin eatin...
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Rattlesnakes safety

  1. 1. RattlesnakesSome facts and a little fiction
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3.  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!
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5. Why they strike Diet includes rodents,rabbits, reptiles andlizards Very few naturalpredators after theyare grown Sense heat andmovement todetermine size
  6. 6.  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
  7. 7.  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
  8. 8.  Some safety tips onrattlesnakes Hand placement Walking Working Looking Preventing Handling
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10.  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
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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!

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