Survival Tips If You Come Across a Snake ~ Kwentology


What would you do if you came to face to face with a wild animal, or were forced to go without food and water? Chances are excellent that these events won't happen, but just in case, here's how to be prepared.

What if you come across a snake? Snakes are found everywhere. You might come across one in a forest, in the tropics, in the desert, or even in your backyard. Most snakes are harmless—to humans at least. But some species have glands that produce a poisonous venom that inject to kill prey. They also use it in self-defense. If you step on a snake or walk too close to one, it will most probably strike out and attack. That's why it's important to follow these safety rules.

Image of Kara David of GMA News

This image is a a behind the scenes photo from Kara David, taken while filming "Kamandag ng Palayan." Where courageous female news anchor is dealing with snakes. Philippine King Cobra is a deadly snake and found mostly in wet fields. A part of GMA News award-winning documentary program I-Witness.

  • Don't pick up or touch any snake unless you are 100 percent sure it isn't venomous.
  • Wear boots and long pants if you are walking through tall grass or places where snakes might hide. It's also a good idea to carry a stick and pound the ground with it to let snakes know you're passing through. This method will trigger a snake to leave or relocate to some place.
  • Don't place your hands in cracks in stone walls or logs without first checking them for snakes.
  • Set up your campsite in a clearing, far away from trees, grass, and boulders.

United Snakes to Avoid

Image of Venomous Snakes

Cottonmouth

These aggressive snakes are often spotted sunning themselves near water. They are found in southeastern United States.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

North America's most dangerous snake, this rattlesnake can reach 96 inches. You'll find it in the southeastern United States.

Coral Snake

With their bright bands of red, yellow, and black, coral snakes are easy to identify. You'll find them in the lower southern states, as well as in Arizona and New Mexico.

Sidewinder

Although their venom is as toxic as some other snakes, sidewinder are dangerous and a bite from one will hurt—a lot. These super-fast snakes live in the sandy deserts of the southwestern United States.
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