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Surviving Snakes by Getting "Snake Awareness"

Updated on June 1, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Educationally Speaking

reptiles which are tetrapod (four-limbed vertebrate) animals in the class Reptilia, comprising today's turtles, crocodilians, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, tuatara, and their extinct relatives. The study of these traditional reptile orders, historically combined with that of modern amphibians, is called herpetology.

Because some reptiles are more closely related to birds than they are to other reptiles (e.g., crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards), the traditional groups of "reptiles" listed above do not together constitute a monophyletic grouping (or clade). For this reason, many modern scientists prefer to consider the birds part of Reptilia as well, thereby making Reptilia a monophyletic class.

The earliest known proto-reptiles originated around 312 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, having evolved from advanced reptiliomorph tetrapods that became increasingly adapted to life on dry land.

If you Didn't Grasp

the educational value of the previous three paragraphs, then you can get your "reptile fix" just by re-reading these paragraphs again. Actually this is not about the entire world of reptiles, just one. Snakes. Please do not be alarmed. These words and photos depicting snakes are not going to harm you. Trust me.

The Purpose of

this piece is not to impress the reader by publishing these dangerous snakes, but rather study how one can be safe among snakes when trapped in a wooded area or jungle. I know that this is possible because of the teaching of survival expert, Les Stroud "Surivorman" (Discovery Channel) and Bear Grylls, also a master survival expert and guru also seen on Discovery and other noted channels.

These "Snake Awareness Tips" are not complex and you do not even need a college degree to survive meeting a dangerous snake while you are out alone, getting some "me time" by going on a hike, camping trip, fishing, or just taking a leisurely walk to refresh yourself by enjoying a slice of Mother Nature.

A dangerous rattlesnake.
A dangerous rattlesnake. | Source

1.) Upon an accidental meeting with a poisonous snake, the very first thing one needs to do is: not panic and begin to scream. Prepare yourself by keeping up on all types of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. The old Boy Scount motto of "Being Prepared" works in every walk of life. Simply visit your local library and with your list of poison snakes, you can take your time and read everything you need to know about these snakes. And if books aren't your thing, then go online and surf the net for snakes and I promise you that your efforts will be beneficial to you. By the way, this is a free tip.

2.) If you are out in a wooded area and walking toward a campsite or lake to do some fishing, that object coiling in front of you is a rattlesnake. Stop right now. Do not move. I mean this with all of my heart. Stop your chest from heaving in and out your breath. This rattlesnake is going about itself to warn you that he (or she) will be aggressive if provoked. So study at home or with a snake expert on how you can become more patient because the day that you are forced to stand for hours while watching "Mr. Rattler" will seem but a cakewalk for you have been prepared. In a certain amount of time, the rattler will understand that you pose no threat to him (or her) and simply crawl away.

Water anaconda. Beware!
Water anaconda. Beware! | Source

3.) If you and a buddy (or girlfriend) are walking in a wooded area and you and her are having the best time, watch out. Places like where you are walking are perfect for snakes. Be quick to walk slowly and do not make sudden moves--even if your sexy girlfriend should pinch your butt just acting silly, this may cause you to scream bringing out an aggressive snake who hates people who yell. And your girlfriend who pinched you is not history for she told you that a girly man is no man for her.

4.) If you are with your brand new girlfriend and you find yourself telling jokes, laughing, and all in a loud tone, stop right away. See above snake danger awareness tip. But in this tip, do not yell, talk, laugh and make sudden, frightening moves, these too will also cause many poison snakes such as the Cotton Mouth or Copper Head to strike (out of fear) at you. Be quiet. Be calm. This will keep you and the new girlfriend alive.

Cobra and snake charmer.
Cobra and snake charmer. | Source

5.) When you are alone or with friends on a camping trip and one afternoon decide that you will all go fishing. Great idea. But on the way to the lake, you spy a long, gray looking snake that is motionless. Great, you think. Not. Never just walk up to any snake and start to feel of its skin because this snake just might be digesting a huge meal and "sleeping off" the huge feast. Plus even with the massive ratfest, you could be a target for the snake to bite you.

6.) If you are in your sleeping bag snoozing by the campfire and when it turns morning, you start to wake up and get some fresh coffee, but thanks to your intense study of snakes and their behavior, you know not to squirm and yell like a scared little girl. You just lay as still as you can. But get some of your buddies' attention and warn them by whispering to you to relax. I wager that this snake, if not provoked, will crawl away, so if you need to "head to the restroom," I wouldn't. I would just obey "Nature's call." No one is going to laugh at you for being so scared at this huge snake laying on top of you that you do No. 2 inside your brand new sleeping bag. Oh, well. So much for camping and those nosy snakes.

Ball python capable of squeezing the life out of almost every living thing.
Ball python capable of squeezing the life out of almost every living thing. | Source

I Would Share one More Item About you Surviving Snakes

but this one, I don't know if it would work. Oh, why not? Invest on an authentic snake suit that will look like a big snake from head to toe, but you cannot afford to walk. I mean, which snake walks like a man?

When you see a snake in the distance, you have this covered by wearing your $5,000.00, specially-designed snake suit and when you and the snake (you are watching in the distance) meet, you will be fine for not many poison snakes will bite the other.

Later that month. Your snake suit worked like a charm. Although the poison Diamond Back Rattler was headed toward you, he did not bother to attack you. But he did get you to go out with him next Saturday night to your local Deny's.

And all that I can tell you about you (in your snake suit) and this studly Diamond Back is, you are on your own.

7.) On all of your outings, do the wise thing all of the time by buying and keeping a First Aid Kit handy. Even if an angry poisonous snake should bite you, you can survive simply by relaxing and keeping calm. If you know the breed of snake, and you should for you have studied for this, then call your Poison Control Center and tell them what type of snake bit you and these tech's can bring you an antedote for this snake bite. While a technician is driving to get your medicine, you may want to tie a tourniquet above the snake's bite preventing the poison from traveling through your veins so swiftly. If you can reach the bite, take your knife and cut a cross at the center of the bite and suck out the poison and spit it out. This might save your life if you are all alone.

8.) "Mr. First Time, But Snake Aware Hiker," do not let all of your snake awareness escape you from the books and websites that you have studied about how to survive with snakes by letting panic take over your judgment. And above all, do not try to toss any rocks or tree limbs at the snake sitting a few feet from you. This snake is angry and scared. Throwing rocks and limbs at this snake is telling you, "Bite me, please! My wife thinks that I am a wimp for not biting one human." Be calm. Be still. This will work.

9.) Take a course of Kung Fu and its various areas of surviving fires, gunshots, fights, and even poison snakes. This, I do not know that much about, but I would tell you to spend the cash on a real Kung Fu master and let him teach you all about how you can become one with the dangerous snake and thus, not get bitten. If necessary, pay the Kung Fu master to go along with you on your weekend camping trip. It is money well spent.

Now, after reading this hard-hitting, honest hub about surviving snakes, do you feel like taking in a camping trip in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest?

© 2017 Kenneth Avery

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Eiddwen,

      No fear of snakes? This is amazing. In my entire life you make only the second person to lay claim to this statement. I admire that about you.

      The other guy was an older man and according to my dad, he loved to catch rattlesnakes--especially when the county bridge crews were removing trees and bushes in order to start building a new bridge.

      This older guy had a silk handkerchief that he kept with him and when a guy on the bridge crew would notify him that he just saw a snake, he went to the snake already coiled and slightly shook the handkerchief and when the snake struck, the snake's fangs were removed by catching on the silk handkerchief. Then to make things more amazing, the old man just picked up the now-harmless rattler for he knew that he was defenseless and the older guy just released him.

      What a nerve for him and you.

      Cudo's. Write me soon.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      moonlake,

      Such a chilling episode about snakes. Normally a rattlesnake if coiled, should only strike out and leave, but since you began to running, you might have confused the snake and just stayed put. That is unless you and your brother looked out and viewed him laughing at you.

      No. I am kidding. Snakes are no laughing matter.

      I appreciate your comment and write soon.

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      Eiddwen 

      18 months ago from Wales

      I have no fear of snakes and found this article very interesting. I look forward to many more.

      Take care from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      moonlake 

      18 months ago from America

      One day while walking home from the neighborhood pool with my brother, I ran across a snake. I bent down to tie my shoe and I heard the rattle first. Right in front of me was a rattle snake

      coiled up and ready to strike. We were taught in school never to run. I couldn't go by that rule I ran and didn't yell until I hit my brother's back and screamed snake. We ran all the way home sure the snake was right behind us.

      Enjoyed your hub and all the good information.

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