I just watch a show on the discover channel that says the venom is becoming stronger and they don't know why. Also, they will have a venom on the shelf that will work for all our venomous snakes soon, so we will not have to wait to decide what bit us. Anyway, AZ is really on the alert right now due to strength of venom the snakes here seemed to have created.
We had one guy, that killed the snake, cut off it's head and still the snake bit him. He lost a finger.
And took 6 months to get over most of the effects.
I've been around snakes all my life. My dad in AR would catch them in the old days and sell them to the local doctors that used the venom for antibiotics. Probable one of my down falls, I don't have a lot of fear of them and also feel unless I surprise them they go their way and I go mine. But all of our little critters should be respected including my black widow spider that I probable need to get rid of in my front yard.
So needless to say --all this talk has brought my attention to the issues and I'm a little more aware that I need to be cautious.
Date: 04/24/07 12:04:00
Subject: [SPAM] Re: [iris-photos] Re: copperhead
I'd say a good remedy would be leather gloves and boots. Snakes on our continent
really don't want to fool with us. Lying on the ground with a long vulnerable backbone
with large animals (us) walking around can't be the most calming of lives.
I've lived in rattle snake country all my life and if given a chance they will avoid a fight
and slither away. The problem is when they are surprised and I believe that gloves and
boots will deal with that. Along with a long stick or rake to flip them away if they are
tool cold to move on their own.
We have a lot of gophers, rats, mice and rabbits in our part of the world. It is unusual for snakes
to hang around places where there is no prey. Get rid of the prey, the predators will go
Loic, a summer in California with rattle snakes is a whole lot safer than a winter in Holland ;-)
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From: donald <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:24:42 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: copperhead
So far as I know there is no house-remedy antidote. In fact, unless
you have a serious reaction snake serum isn't used routinely because
it's often something that can cause dangerous reactions in itself.
It's only used as a last resort. I can't think of a good substitute
for my hands, unfortunately. What else is going cut and pull out the
old leaves and unwanted debris. I can't of an effective way to evict
them. They can move in from the pasture overnight. Certainly this one
didn't overwinter in the iris bed.