Spring is here and families are spending more and more time outside. Runners are heading out in the morning to seize the day, kids are spending time frolicking in the spring sun, and animals are spending more time enjoying their habitats as well. If your yard or community park has a non-venomous snake population, it’s important to know what to do if you get bitten. Here are some of our best tips for what to do after being bitten by a non-venomous snake.
This might sound silly, but double check to make sure that the snake that bit you was a non-venomous snake. Unless you are completely familiar with identifying snakes, take the few minutes to confirm your safety. Look at the bite that the snake left behind. If the snake was venomous, there are typically two side by side puncture wounds. Non-venomous snake bites are typically identifiable for having a small series of teeth marks without any real puncture wounds. If you have any doubt about whether the snake that bit you was venomous or non-venomous, head to the doctor.
Clean It Up
If the bite didn’t leave behind any large cuts that need treatment from a doctor, you can take care of the problem at home. Completely rinse the wound with clean filtered water (bottled water is fine if you’re at another location). Wash your wound very thoroughly with water and soap to ensure all of the bacteria from the snake’s mouth is gone. Once you are done washing out your wound with antibacterial soap, dry it off by patting instead of rubbing.
Let It Heal
Leave your non-venomous snake bite uncovered unless you need to cover it up for sterility reasons (working with food or working in a medical field). If your non-venomous snake bite is taking a longer time than usual to heal, make another trip to the doctor to ensure that it isn’t infected or damaged.
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