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.
- 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.