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Rattler at the start of Neverland
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applewood
Jan 28, 2017
Rattler at the start of Neverland  
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Wow, nice shot! But a bit scary.

Can you recommend any Internet source with info about avoiding and treating snake bites?

I suppose the first advice would be to watch where you step, but perhaps there are some other useful suggestions out there? Jan 29, 2017
applewood
Tonasket, WA
applewood   Tonasket, WA
This snake was greeting me one morning at the base of Neverland when I was still working on it. It was more scared than me - when I arrived it was peacefully coiled directly under my hanging rope/drill and after it tried to hide in a nearby corner (original pic) it eventually went down a hole under this same rock - but I did have to start climbing right over its den.… and that was a little disconcerting.

It's good to remember we aren't their prey and they just don't want to get stepped on or messed with, so yes watching one's step, wearing boots (instead of Tevas) and carrying a walking stick is generally good advice - mainly paying attention (pets and children and people with distracting music in their ears are at much greater risks). As for once bitten - try to remain calm and get to a hospital asap, maybe an icy compress would help…however not all bites carry venom. Supposedly it's a bit like having the flu, usually it doesn't kill you, but I've heard you kind of wish it would…

Jan 29, 2017
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Thanks James, that is all helpful advice, and a little reassuring.

They really blend in well with the surroundings. It took me awhile to notice that one in the picture with the drill. Jan 29, 2017

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