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 Post subject: RATTLESNAKES AND 4 WHEELING
PostPosted: June 22nd, 2010, 10:28 pm 
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Chances are that at some point and time while out wheeling, camping or hiking you could encounter a rattlesnake. Rattlesnake activity is at a excessive high right now due to the time of year and all the rain we have had this past winter and spring which is relative to an explosion of everything to bugs, rodents, snakes and so on. Should you get bit by one of these creatures it is very important to know what to do and what NOT to do. As four wheelers there are many times we are hours away from a hospital. DO NOT attempt treatment with ice or the use of tourniquets to cut off blood circulation or cutting and sucking the wound. This will only lead to more problems including more bleeding and infection. If it's a mojave green snake then call 911 and get a medical helicopter en route ASAP and off to Loma Linda medical Center you will go to see Dr. Sean Bush. If nobody in the group has cell phone coverage the next best option is ham radio if available.

Rattlesnakes can cause serious injury to humans on rare occasions. The California Poison Control Center notes that rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year with one to two deaths. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. About 25 percent or more of the bites are “dry,” meaning no venom was injected, but the bites still require medical treatment.


The dos and don’ts in snake country:

First, know that rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas. They have been found near urban areas, in river or lakeside parks, and at golf courses. Be aware that startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively. There are several safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake.

• Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.

• When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.

• Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

• Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.

• Be careful when stepping over the doorstep as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.

• Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.

• Do not handle a freshly killed snake, it can still inject venom.

• Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.

Is it a rattlesnake?

Many a useful and non-threatening snake has suffered a quick death from a frantic human who has mistakenly identified a gopher snake, garter, racer or other as a rattlesnake. This usually happens when a snake assumes an instinctual defensive position used to bluff adversaries. A gopher snake has the added unfortunate trait of imitating a rattlesnake by flattening its head and body, vibrating its tail, hissing and actually striking if approached too closely.

A rattlesnake is a heavy-bodied, blunt-tailed snake with one or more rattles on the tail. It has a triangular-shaped head, much broader at the back than at the front, and a distinct “neck” region. The rattlesnake also has openings between the nostrils and eyes, which is a heat-sensing pit. The eyes are hooded with elliptical pupils. Additional identifying characteristics include a series of dark and light bands near the tail, just before the rattles which are different from the markings on the rest of the body. Also note that rattles may not always be present, as they are often lost through breakage and are not always developed on the young.

Encouraging and protecting natural competitors like gopher snakes, kingsnakes and racers will reduce the rattlesnake population in the immediate area. And, kingsnakes actually kill and eat rattlesnakes.

What to do in the event of a snake bite

Though uncommon, rattlesnake bites do occur, so have a plan in place for responding to any situation. Carry a portable phone, hike with a companion who can assist in an emergency, and make sure that family or friends know where you are going and when you will be checking in.

The first thing to do if bitten is to stay calm. Generally, the most serious effect of a rattlesnake bite to an adult is local tissue damage which needs to be treated. Children, because they are smaller, are in more danger if they are bitten.

Get to a doctor as soon as possible, but stay calm. Frantic high-speed driving places the victim at greater risk of an accident and increased heart rate. If the doctor is more than 30 minutes away, keep the bite below the heart, and then try to get to the doctor as quickly as possible.

The California Poison Control Center advises:

* Stay calm
* Wash the bite area gently with soap and water
* Remove watches, rings, etc, which may constrict swelling
* Immobilize the affected area
* Transport safely to the nearest medical facility

About Dr. Sean Bush
http://lomalindahealth.org/medical-cent ... index.html
Dr. Sean Bush on snake bites and more
http://lomalindahealth.org/medical-cent ... trike.html


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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2010, 6:08 pm 
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When 4 wheeling a lot of injuries are possible, from snake bites to any number of traumatic injuries. Minutes can mean the difference between life or death. I am investing in a "spot" its well worth it to protect me and my family. Here is thier web site http://www.findmespot.com/en/. For what we invest in our rigs this is nothing to invest in for our families safety. :rockon:


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PostPosted: June 25th, 2010, 11:46 pm 
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007Rubicon wrote:
When 4 wheeling a lot of injuries are possible, from snake bites to any number of traumatic injuries. Minutes can mean the difference between life or death. I am investing in a "spot" its well worth it to protect me and my family. Here is thier web site http://www.findmespot.com/en/. For what we invest in our rigs this is nothing to invest in for our families safety. :rockon:
Gary thank you for posting about that product. I created this thread regarding venomous snakes because over the years of wheeling I have never really seen anything posted on off road based web sites regarding this matter. I came to the conclusion that an awareness needs to be made. I am an exterminator for a living so this is another reason why I think about such things. I am working on another article regarding subject matter to bring about more of an awareness to this as well. Gary, thanks again.


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PostPosted: June 26th, 2010, 10:25 am 
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007Rubicon wrote:
When 4 wheeling a lot of injuries are possible, from snake bites to any number of traumatic injuries. Minutes can mean the difference between life or death. I am investing in a "spot" its well worth it to protect me and my family. Here is thier web site http://www.findmespot.com/en/. For what we invest in our rigs this is nothing to invest in for our families safety. :rockon:

Thanks for posting this Gary.I've heard of it but never knew the actual name,Very cool.thanks again
Dennis


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PostPosted: June 26th, 2010, 4:23 pm 
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Beware of these snakes on night runs also.They are harder to see and are very active hunting at night,warming on rocks and roads.


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PostPosted: January 31st, 2011, 8:21 pm 
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gp4play wrote:
Beware of these snakes on night runs also.They are harder to see and are very active hunting at night,warming on rocks and roads.
Very true. I do not like snakes anyway and thank you for the warning. :thanks:


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