How To Handle Snakes When Camping

How To Handle Snakes When Camping

Its human nature to think about all of the deadly snakes out there. There’s said to be between 7,500 to 8,000 snake bites every year. Even with that said, There’s no more than ten deaths that occur. With that known, you shouldn’t just jump up and say I’ll go camping anywhere now! You need to know how to handle snakes when camping.

It’s just that snakes, unless cornered, do not want to waste their venom on humans. Instead their priority is to use it on smaller animals to eat.

Obviously, venom can be deadly, but so can a nontoxic snake because if you don’t get treatment quick enough, you can have a bad comeback of reaction’s’.

Avoid snake bites When Camping

a snake waiting to attack anyone in its path

When you go outdoors, you never want to bother a snake for any reason. If it’s easily preventable, you want to take that approach.

Unless you’re a trainer is some way, you never want to attempt to pick them up. Because snakes are very defensive when you try to handle them, chances are if they bite you, it’ll only be enough to make you sick when camping or anywhere actually.

You still want to always be careful because if there’s enough poison, it can possibly kill you.

Snakes love to be in tall grass and wooded areas. Whatever you do, you want to avoid these areas as much as possible.

If for any reason, you happen to go in there, you always want to wear thick long pants and really high shoes or boots. Keep in mind that snakes love to make their home in deep hidden areas.

So if you’re around trees, keep your eyes open for any holes in the ground. Because if any trees have fallen over for any reason, it’ll be the perfect place for a snake nest!

Another thing you don’t want to forget is don’t get to caught up into just looking on the ground. Snakes also stay in trees.

I’ve witnessed them before hanging off of a branch and luckily I was a nice ways away from it. Truly the only reason I looked up to see it is because I thought I heard a bee!

Symptoms Of A Typical Snake Bite

Obviously we all have to worry about getting bitten by snakes when camping, especially by lakes or woods and they are harder to handle. We’ve all thought at least once in our life that something might’ve bitten us.

I’ll give you a bunch of symptoms to look out for that snake bites are known to cause. Keep your eyes out for:

  • Excessive sweating
  • High heart rate
  • Blurry vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody wound discharge
  • Convulsion
  • Dizziness
  • Feel weak in your body
  • Fever
  • Feeling your burning
  • Fainting
  • Throwing up / nauseated
  • You see fang impressions by the injury
  • You lose muscle coordination
  • Obviously pain

First aid procedure if bitten By A Snake While Camping

These are a few things you want to keep in mind if you get attacked:

  • You have to allow 20 – 30 seconds for the bleeding to occur after bitten. Its because you want some of the poison that’s still there to drain off.
  • Try to make sure you can identify the type of snake it is. It’s because it’ll make it a lot easier for treating it.
  • Grab your phone and call medical help immediately
  • Keep the skin loose to restrict any movement of that particular area.
  • Keep an eye on the person vital signs. Heart rate, pulse etc etc. Keep your eyes open for any shock he/she might have.
  • Most importantly, make sure the individual doesn’t move a lot. Remember, staying calm and keeping the bitten area below the heart slows down the poison flow big time.

Even know all snakes bites are hard to handle and can really hurt / injure you, there’s only five true poisonous ones to really worry about when camping.

They are:

Cobras “Live in Africa, Southern Asia and Australia”

Cobras are well known for a scary hood they have at their neck area. When they feel they’re in danger, the opening of that hood is a sign of defense mode.

If you’re close to one, you should hear a hissing sound when they feel threatened. Keep in mind, Cobras can climb pretty good as well as swim!

The main areas you’ll find in are close to ditches and wooded areas.

Water moccasin “Live in the Southeastern US”

These things are found by ditches, swamps, lakes, streams and ponds. Obviously because they love to hang out close by water, you’ll find them a lot stretched out and getting sun on rocks close by.

Just remember and be cautious when you’re close to rocks because water moccasins blend in with the color and it’s very easy to miss them. If you see one close by and laying down, be very quiet and throw something away from them.

Its because it can scare them and make them leave the area!

Copperhead “Found in woodsy and damped areas Eastern half of the US”

a copperhead snake you don't want to cross paths with

They live close by humans and bite more people every year than any other kind of poison snake. It’s a very low odds that you’ll die from these snakes but they can cause lifelong damage if its not taken care of immediately!

The main place you’ll find them is in residential places usually around garages and garbage cans. If you see an empty building around you, be very cautious before going inside because they stay in vacant areas / buildings a lot!

Rattlesnake “Found from Southwestern Canada to central Argentina”

There’s more than 24 different types of rattlesnakes. All of them have the famous noise “rattle” sound! Just like the Cobra uses a hissing sound to scare off some of its pray, the rattle snakes uses a rattle to warn something or someone to back off and don’t try to handle them when camping!

If you’re wondering, they use whats called a “pit” close by its nostrils and eyes to help hunt in the dark!

Coral-snake “Mainly Marshy areas in the Southeastern US”

When it comes to Coral-snakes, they’re known for eating frogs, small snakes and lizards. When you see a baby coral come out of its egg, you have to be very cautious because ever they’re poisonous!

After they become fully grown, they can be a little over two feet in length! They’re a large group of elapid snakes, meaning they’re found in both subtropical and tropical areas in the world.

When it comes to non-poisonous snakes, it counts about 93% of all snakes in the world. There’s five main snakes that aren’t poisonous.

They are:

Garter snake “Found in central plains of Central America to Canada”

These things live in woods, forest, fields, lawns and grasslands. They produce very small amounts of venom and can’t kill humans.

Their name mean “harmless” by the way. These things are also very scared of humans so the odds that you’ll get attacked at all is very slim to none.

Emerald Tree Boa “North America”

These things live in the rain forest in South America. There known to be as long as six feet in length.

Its a known fact that they have larger front teeth than any other non poison snake. If you’re curious what they look like, they’re green and have a white line.

Sometimes the white is called “lightning bolts” for short. Even know they’re a good size, they only attack and eat smaller species like frogs and birds.

Rough Green Snake “North America”

Its a North American colubrid. It has a nickname called grass snake. It grows to only about 116 cm in length which is about 45-46 inches.

Its very thin and its diet is frankly snails and insects. Its very docile meaning it stays in the same area as humans. Its known to be green and have yellow stomach.

Python “Southern Asia”

a python snake out in the jungle somewhere

These things are scary when you see them! There length gets up to almost 10 feet.

They’re non venomous and carnivore that feed on birds, reptiles and mammals. Its well known for names like Indian rock python, Indian python and black tailed python.

If you see one in person not really moving, chances are it just ate something because they move very slow after eating something big.

Bull-snake “Southwestern Canada”

These things are brown and whitish coloring with some black. Their not very fast and take careful actions.

They eat small mammals like roaches, mice and squirrels.

How To Keep Snakes Away When Camping.

Having a big fear of snakes is more common than you might think. It’s considered one of the most fears in the world.

With that said, It’s safe to assume that you don’t want to have any snakes close to your camping area! As we all know, snakes live in tall grass and especially wooded areas. When you go camping, snakes in the tall grass aren’t easy to handle because they’re well hidden!

One thing you absolutely need to do, is be prepared for them. I’ll give you some advice and tips to avoid snakes and handle them if you come in contact with one or multiple.

You want to keep in mind, snakes are just as scared of humans in return.

Can You Use Oils To Drive Off Snakes When Camping?

A Snake to keep an eye out for when camping?

Truly, there’s no really effective snake undesireables. I mean a lot of devices available like “snake b gon” aren’t really worth anything.

I found out that, California for example, put in a law where companies have to %100 prove its products ability. If it doesn’t, its illegal to sell it there. The reason they can’t sell it in California!

It’s just a fact that snakes don’t have the ability to smell like us. I admit, I used to assume that because smell drives us humans away, it’ll apply to snakes as well.

The fact is, It’s not true.

After looking at the ways to smell snakes off, I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone. It has a lot of chemicals all right and if anything, it’ll do more damage to us humans. Just my opinion, but it’s not worth it!

What’s A Good Camping Location That’s Snake-less?

I think the best place to go camping, handle and avoid snakes all together if spotted is a place that’s very spacey and has lots of open land! If you can get a place away from the woods and avoid tall grass and trees, you’re in a very good spot.

Its a well known fact that snakes are very reticent and prefer to be alone when possible.

The next ones pretty self explanatory but you’d want a place that has night lights. One thing you really want to avoid if possible is stepping on one.

If you do, it / they will attack you!

Someone told me that snakes hate fires when people go camping and that makes them easier to handle. It’s a nice strategy to always have one going when you’re up to make sure to keep those things away!

The main areas you want to keep away from:

  •   Spots that are very close to water, especially big areas of water. Things like lakes and or rivers. This is one of the main spots snakes go to for food source!
  •   Areas with a lot of tall grass and trees. Its because they can make a lot of nest areas! Snakes will be very well hidden and if you step on one when camping, you’ll regret it big time because its not easy to handle! Especially if its a poison snake!
  •   You don’t want to camp close to big piles of rocks. One thing snakes love to do is lay across the top of them!

Keep Snakes Away By Storing Your Food Appropriately When Camping?

Remember, the snakes aren’t really interested in human food. They’re interested more in the rodents that love people food!

Things like birds, rats and mice. So if you store your food wrongfully, it can attract the snakes in the wrong way.

Things you should never do:

  •   You shouldn’t just blow it off when you drop crumbs and food close to your campsite. Make sure you pick up after yourself and be clean afterwards when eating. that even means things like cat or dog food.
  •   Make sure any trash you have is in an air tight and taken away from your area. If you have to, put it somewhere that animals can’t get to, like an enclosed spot or a branch.

Do A Safety Snake Review Before Going Camping

There’s a few ways you can check for snakes in your vicinity:

  •   You have to remember and keep in mind that snakes love dark / shady places. So with that said, make sure to check underneath your tents.
  •   I’ve heard some people tell me how shocked they were when they saw snakes either inside or right outside their boots! Just remember if they’re outside somewhere at night, you better check them before you pick em up just to be sure!
  •   You’ve more than likely already did this, but make sure you don’t have any holes in your tent before and after setting it up. You always want to keep a tent fixer kit with you.
  •   If for any reason someone accidentally drops a knife or something on your tent, you don’t want the hole(s) to widen. If they would, it says snake hole all over it!
  •   If you’re sleeping in the open, then you want to check your sleeping bag before going to bed. Just imagine climbing in the bag then feeling somethings in there with you!!
  •   One last thing you never want to forget, before leaving the tent / campsite, be absolutely sure all openings / windows / doors are shut all te way! Remember it doesn’t take that big of an opening / slot for a snake to enter.
small garden snake on a rock is easy to handle

Remember, you can’t be to safe in this regard!

When you’re away from your tent, you also need to be really safe. Here’s a couple of ideas to keep in mind, especially if you’re in a high grass / wooded area.

When Camping, Be Careful Where You Step

Its said that snakes can feel vibrations in the ground when someone’s close by. If you happen to come real close to their home or they have babies, chances are increasingly high that they will attack you.

Its easier to say this but you always want to keep your eyes down for snakes and big pot holes. Its a known fact that they love to make their homes in a deep location in the ground.

Remember, if you’re stepping on rocks, thats where they love to stretch out. Truly, I’ll never forget this but one time I came really close to stepping on a water moccasin.

It was stretched out over rocks by a river. The only reason I didn’t step on it is because I was looking down and slowly stepped back! Boy, was I lucky!

Dress Accordingly To Avoid Snakes By Campgrounds

From my experience being in the woods a lot as a kid, I can tell you that when being cautious of snakes, you want to always have tight pants and long socks on. Its easily understandably because they lower the risk of any snake poison entering your body.

A big thing also is that they stop any fangs from going through the skin.

Also, you never want to go out in the woods wearing things like sandals or flops. Its known that the full shoe is heavier and makes more of a pounding sound to the ground when walking.

Obviously the louder the noise, the better the chance it’ll scare off any nearby snake(s)

Have a Aid Kit available While Camping

Trust me, you’ll rather be safe than sorry here. If hypothetically anything does happen, you want to be sure you have the medication to hold you over until you get to a dr / hospital.

It can be life or death depending what type of snake it is. Even it its not a deadly snake, you still need the medication treatment to ward off the pain somewhat.

What If I Come In Contact With A Snake While Camping?

One thing you have to do if you see snakes when camping is be calm and don’t try to handle them. If you freak out and start screaming, it can make the snake aggressive. Here’s some input:

  •   If you see a snake, don’t aggravate it. Don’t throw things at it or hit it with a stick etc. They’re known to attack immediately if disrupted no matter how far away you are.
  •   Just say you see one nearby, be real still. If its not in defense mode, it’ll look for a way to escape and avoid contact. If you’re in a enclosed area, then slowly but surely back up.
  •   When it comes to pounding the ground with your foot, be careful. Because this mostly scares snakes off, but if they have young ones with them, they could see it as an attack and go after you!
  •   So be careful about slamming your foot or shoe in a distance from them.
  •   You need to treat every snake you come across as poisonous, even if its dead because they all have fangs. The fangs can store poison even after its dead and if you get one of those fangs in you, its not good.
  •   I said before you want to avoid this but if you don’t see one around you and happen to step on one, get away quickly. They will be on the defense obviously and attack anything it sees as a threat!

What Camping Places Are More Recognized With Venomous Snakes?

When you go camping, the last places you want to go because of poisonous snakes are:

  •   Indonesia – Mainly because of all of the open and untouched forests.
  •   India – Because this place is very well known to be the ‘home’ of the cobras.
  •   Columbia – Its known to have about 50 poisonous species, 9 of the 18 families known.
  •   Mexico – This location has about 80 poison snake species!
  •   Brazil – This area is filled with vipers and coral snakes. It even has the island that no ones allowed to visit. Its called the snake island.
  •   Australia – This is where the most poisonous land snake anywhere exist. Its called the Inland Taipan.
a poisonous snake you might see when camping

So you see, when you go camping, you always want to keep an eye open for snakes. Even know they’re more on the defense and always escape in a wavy motion.

Just in case they do attack you though, you always want to be careful. Just remember, whenever you’re in the outdoors, always keep an eye open on your surroundings!

You can never be to careful when it comes to snakes!!

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