How to Deal With a Snakebite - from Snake Fangs or an Alcohol Hangover
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How to Deal With a Snakebite - from Snake Fangs or an Alcohol Hangover

How to deal with a snakebite. How to deal with an alcoholic 'snakebite' or hangover.

There are approximately 3,000 different species of snake in the world but there are only around 450 types that are actually dangerous to humans. Most snake bites (even of those that can be dangerous) are not fatal. In the United Kingdom there are only three types of snake:  the adder (viper), the smooth snake and the grass snake, although it is only the first-named that is poisonous. In the Americas, Asia and Africa snakes are much more potent so if you are planning on travelling there it might be worth knowing a couple of things about snakebites, just in case you have to deal with one.

One thing to always keep in mind is that snakes are said to be more scared of humans than the other way round. Add to that the fact that snakes generally don't attack humans without provocation and you will see there is less to worry about than you may have first thought. However, if you do end up getting bitten by a snake, unless you see the snake which did it (and can identify it), there is no way to know for certain whether it was poisonous or not. Although poisonous snakes usually have fangs, they are not always easy to see and even a fang bite may not be clearly distinct. So, if you have suffered a snake bite, it is best just to react on the assumption that it was poisonous, as it is better to be safe than sorry.

  • The first thing to do is not wash the area. That may sound a rather stupid thing to do but it is best to retain traces of the venom so it can be easily identified by a doctor and can provide an antidote.
  • You do need to stop the snakes venom from spreading, though. The application of a pad over the bite area, bandaged firmly will help. If there is enough bandage, wrap it up as high above the bite area as possible.
  • Most snake bites will happen on a leg or an arm but no matter where it is on the body, a pressure dressing needs to be applied to miminimize the flow of any poison.
  • Applying a splint (a straight stick to the bandaged area) works well and helps stop the poison from spreading as quickly as normal.
  • It is important to keep the victim as still as possible and not allow them to exert too much energy.
  • Call for help, and get the victim of the snakebite to a hospital as quickly as possible so that expert attention can be given.

Just in case you came here thinking this would be about the other type of 'Snakebite' then here is some information about that too.

A 'Snakebite' is a type of drink which is made of equal parts of lager and cider and, although not necessarily poisonous, can be very potent. Drinking too much of it can lead to a state of high drunkenness (and a hangover the next day). Alcohol dehydrates the body and lowers the potassium and magnesium levels. If you find yourself suffering from one of these 'Snakebites', drinking a banana milkshake with a tablespoon of honey can help you to feel much better. The milk will help re-hydrate you, the honey boosts your blood sugar and bananas have high potassium and magnesium levels. Unlike a real snakebite, staying active is better because exercise can help the body rid itself of toxins and boosts oxygen levels to the brain--all-in-all, helping you to feel better.

Whether it is an actual snakebite or a self-inflicted alcoholic 'Snakebite' you find yourself the victim of, I hope this may help a little bit.

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I recall living in western New York State where the 'educated beyond their intelligence' Department of Environmental Conservation ' an attempt to repatriate the species back into its former habitat' released several dozen mated pairs of pygmy rattlesnakes on state and private lands... Dummies! :-(