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Snake Boots

Updated on March 14, 2011

About Snake Boots

There are a lot of questions floating around about snake boots, also often referred to as snake proof boots. Snake boots are quality boots that are designed with the specific purpose of protecting you from venomous snake bites. Most high quality snake boots are designed not only cover your feet, but also go up the leg to the knee, since the lower leg is where the most venomous snake bites occur. In the United States this means that snake bite boots will protect against coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins. While bites from these snakes can be deadly, in the actual U.S. the average number of recorded deaths due to venom is around a measly eight per year. In other countries the number is far higher, but even in the U.S. having the boots stop one snake strike will save you enough in medical bills to pay for themselves many times over.

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In South America snake bites are much more deadly. Whether it is in the Amazon rain forests of Brazil, or on Safari in Africa, or the Outback of Australia, quality snake boots are a must if you are going to be on some adventure hiking, or natural adventures of any kind.  While some people say that normal cowboy boots are more than enough to protect you, I'm of the "Why take a chance with anything that serious," mind set. Snake boots can help fend off the vicious strikes of an aggressive Fer-de-Lance, one of the deadliest poisonous snakes in the world, or any other venomous snake.

A good pair of boots to prevent snake bites from companies such as Lacrosse, Chippewa, or RedHead can also fend off the strike of the Bushmaster, often considered the biggest competition with the Fer-de-Lance for the most dangerous snake in all of South America. Bites from either of those two snakes out in the wild can be deadly. While snakes in the United States usually aren't fatal, that's not true in other parts of the world where snakes are far more deadly.

Other Things You Must Know About Snake Boots

A good pair of redhead bayou snake proof boots can prevent a deadly bite, and even if you are in range to get treated with anti-venom, this footwear will save you a lot of pain during the recovery process.

There's one major problem revolving around snake boots that I want to make clear for everyone to understand. That is this: all snake proof boots are built to stop fangs, meaning there is no such thing as a "specialized" snake boot. It really burns me to see someone selling $200 rattlesnake boots when there is no difference between them and a normal pair of $120 snake proof boots.

If you see differing pairs of boots like that think about this: snakes inject venom with fangs, which are teeth - not steel nails. If one pair of snake's teeth can't get through, why would a different species do any better? It wouldn't. A pair of snake boots will be just as good at stopping a snake bite as any other pair of snake boots, period, end of statement.

So don't fall for that trick, and look for a good pair of snake boots to keep you safe and worry free during your next hike or hunt.

Scary, Ain't It?

Snake Boot Demonstration

While some people argue about the merits of rubber boots or regular cowboy boots in stopping snake's fangs, there is a large field of people (and admittedly I am among them) who wonder: why the hell would you take that chance? If you want to see a video of snake proof boots in action, just scroll further down and take a look at the video that actually shows a snake handler allowing dozens of rattlesnakes to strike him at will to test out if the Chippewa snake boots hold up under extreme testing or not.  It's one heck of a video, and I have to admit the non stop rattling really gets to me when I watch it.  The other course of action?

Well if you're set on getting a quality pair of snake proof boots, some tried and tested models are right there to the right of this text.  While it's hard to determine which is "best" for each individual and situation, these are all tried and tested and get the job done.  When it comes to getting snake proof footwear, isn't that all that really matters in the end?

Crazy Snake Boot Test


The end result of all the testing and all the arguments basically comes down to whether or not you want a pair of proven boots that are guaranteed to stop a venomous snake strike, or whether you're simply willing to take your chances.  There might be times when a rubber boot, hiking boot, or normal cowboy boot will be enough to stop a snake strike.  But if you want to be sure about your protection, it's pretty clear that a proven snake boot is the way to go.

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      Pete Sakes 7 years ago

      The guy never had a boot on the other foot and it looked like a snake could have got him there or above the knee.

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      Jerry G2 9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Well they say the European Viper is one of the least dangerous venomous snakes anywhere...but I'm paranoid about the tiny harmless snakes, much less anything with fangs :) I think that's one of the things I miss most about Alaska - no snakes at all so you could pretty much step wherever you felt like. Thanks for the comment.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Good to know this, not that I needed an excuse for another pair of boots ;) But this can be very useful. I am in Central France and many times I have seen snakes while walking the dog, they seem to be quite common around here specially the vipers!