AVOIDING SNAKEBITES IN NIGERIA.
Granted, not all snakes are poisonous. In fact, most of the world’s snakes are what we refer to as clinically non-venomous. This means that they do not produce a toxin that is clinically significant to people.
However, there are no universally distinguishing features that separate poisonous snakes from the ones that do. Therefore, one has to take special care and watch for infections as with any snake-related injury.
Both types of snakes have teeth and as such, bites from large non venomous snakes can be fatal to the health of a person. Some large boas and pythons, although non venomous, can cause massive lacerations that require urgent medical care.
The best way to avoid being bitten by a snake is to steer clear of them completely but if you enjoy being outdoors, this advice might not be so practical for you. Continue reading to know how to avoid SNAKEBITES altogether.
Snakes are most active when the weather is warm and outdoor activities are popular. If you have to camp outside and have fun in a more natural setting, make sure children don’t have to play in vacant lots with tall grass and weeds. When moving through areas with tall grass and weeds, always poke at the ground ahead of you with a long stick or pole to scare snakes away. Snakes do not like to disturbed and will most likely flee to avoid interactions with humans.
Wear loose, long pants and tall boots when working or walking in areas where snakes are likely to be found.
Use tongs when you have to move firewood or bush. This will help to expose any snakes that might be hidden underneath.
If you come across a dead snake, the best thing to do is to back away slowly, as you might not be sure of its living state. Use a prod or pole if your curiosity gets the better of you.
Look out for snakes if you’re swimming or wading through rivers, streams or lakes. Areas covered with water due to flooding should also be treaded carefully.
Take care of your surroundings by regularly trimming hedges, grass cut or lawn mowed. Avoid too many vacant lots with plenty of junk for too long. This will reduce the number of places where snakes like to live.