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Myths on bites and stings

Updated on November 17, 2015

Get ready for some myth busting facts on just how very dangerous some creatures really are out there in this world. It's best to try to avoid all creatures that could or may sting or bite, or have whatever other danger they may pose to you. When it comes down to bites, and stings prevention is always the best of all medicines. One simple part of prevention is it's important to learn which creatures can bite, sting, and are dangerous to human beings. Not all of the creatures that we learned about growing up, and were taught to stay away from are as bad as we were led to believe, and we aren't talking about dog or shark bites here either. A lot of these myths about stings and bites were highly exaggerated from urban legend, and old wives tales. I'm going to now try to set the record straight on some of these myths, and below I'm going to discuss five of the myths about bites and stings.

5 myths about bites and stings

1. The smaller the scorpion then the more dangerous it is - This one is certainly not true. First of all scorpions do not bite, they sting and inject venom. Only one scorpion in the United States of America is classified as potentially deadly, and that is the "Bark" scorpion.

2. Baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult snakes - This is not true. The bigger the rattlesnake is then the more venom it has. The amount of venom that a rattlesnake has is based on it's size. No matter what you should always seek help when bitten by any size rattlesnake.

3. Tourniquets will help keep the venom from spreading - This is not true. You shouldn't use tourniquets for treating any type of bite or sting. This includes the use of belts, bandanas, rubber bands, and thread.

4. Drinking milk is a good treatment for a scorpion sting - Drinking milk has never been proven to affect the sting from a scorpion in any way.

5. Daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider - This is certainly not true. The daddy long leg spider has always gotten a really bad rap in life. First of all, they are harvestmen or Opiliones, and the daddy long leg is not a spider. The daddy long legs are also not venomous.

There is this one story about rattlesnakes that I'd like to share with everyone before I go and leave you.There have been a lot of stories about people being bitten by a rattlesnakes head, up to an hour or two after the head had been cut off of the snake's body. But I would now like to share another type of rattlesnake story with you all. There are other parts of a dead rattlesnake that you better beware of other than just it's head. Those parts not only include the rattlesnake's body, but what potentially might just be waiting and lurking inside of the severed rattlesnake's body.

A friend of mine at work killed a rattlesnake a while back while taking a hike through the woods, and in doing so he cut off the rattlesnakes head. My friend tossed the rattlesnake's head carefully over a hill. He then threw the large rattlesnake's body in the back seat area of his Chevy Suburban, so that he could take it home to cook, leaving the head long behind as he drove down the road. A short time later while he was driving he felt some pecking on his high topped cowboy boots. When he looked down to see what was causing this sensation, he discovered a bunch of baby rattlesnakes pecking on his boots. It's obvious now that the baby Rattlesnakes crawled out of the headless rattlesnakes body, which was being hauled inside of the vehicle. He wasn't hurt, but the moral of this story is to no matter what beware of rattlesnakes, dead or alive. Also it wouldn't be a bad idea to put them inside of some type of a sealed container, when you are transporting them from one place to another. For TheHoleStory just remember it's always better to have the delicious meat of a cooked rattlesnake in a bowl on your kitchen table then pecking on the side of your boots.

I guess these two things don't mix.
I guess these two things don't mix.


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      Nita Kapadia 11 months ago


      I guess this useful information could make some Texan happy. Yes this did remind me of James Michener's book titled Texas. It was amazingly interesting. I live in India, so my interest was in the writing style, though I was fascinated by the stallions being able to deal with rattlesnakes.

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      Armed Raven 11 months ago

      Very interesting article, and there were a lot of facts I was unaware of. The thing about tourniquets was especially interesting as was the factoid about Daddy Long legs, both of which I was unaware. The milk thing was hilarious, it seems to be the cure for many ailments.

      The story relayed before the five facts was also entertaining, and a view into a type of lifestyle most don't see.

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      Maria Burgess 19 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Oh, my word on the finale of your hub! This was an interesting read. I thank you for sharing that experience and busting the common myths about poisonous animals.

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      Charu Bhatnagar 2 years ago from India

      Interesting read. Thank You for sharing this useful hub. Out of these I have heard about the myth about baby rattlesnakes.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is all excellent material, and great advice regarding the rattlesnake. There are so many old wives' tales out there, thanks for giving the FACTS.

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      Ana Kolomeka 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thanks A LOT for these warnings!

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 2 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you for addressing those old wise tales. I did not know about the baby rattlers being able to come out of the dead body. Wow..that was very educational. I grew up in a country rural area and we used to bury the cut off heads in a two foot hole. Great Hub and I voted it up. Keep up writing these interesting, useful, and awesome hubs.



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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Really useful information. Thanks

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      Paul Edmondson 2 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I've heard baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous because they can't control as well how much venom they release when they bite compared to adult snakes. The baby snake will release more venom than an adult would when biting. True or False?

      That story freaks me out. I don't do well with snakes and just reading that story is likely going to cause me to dream about it!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      The grand daddy long leg myth was always around when I was a kid. The story was that they are the most venomous spiders in the world but didn't have a big enough mouth to inject it. Total bunk.

      Very entertaining read.

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      lidialbuquerque 2 years ago

      very interesting and useful!

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      David Edward Lynch 2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for revealing these myths on insect bites and stings. I have always been told that Daddy Long legs are very poisonous but now I know they're not.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great hub. Our little critters sure do get a bad rap. In a lifetime of living around serious rattlesnake country and getting out in it, I have never heard of anyone being killed by a rattlesnake bite. Tall tales for sure, but never one with names attached.