Snake on the Trail.

Be aware of snakes. I was hiking early in the morning in Virginia when I came up on a large Eastern Ratsnake in the middle of the trail. He did not move so I took my hiking stick and threw him as far into the woods as I could. The funny thing is that the trail had a switchback and I had thrown the snake right on the trail where it switch-backed so I had to move him again. This time I didn’t have to throw him.


Eastern Ratsnake

Eastern Ratsnake

The warm weather brings the snakes out to soak up the sun. Be sure to look over large logs and such before stepping over them while hiking. Wear boots and thick socks. If you are bit, stay calm and slow down. If you get excited it will make your heart beat faster and that makes the poison in your blood move faster to your heart and/or brain which is bad. Seek medical attention and know that the odds are in your favor. Most snake bite victims live. Still gonna hurt but you have a good chance of living through it so slow down and proceed calmly. Yeah,I know easier said than done.

So the real point here is to just keep you eyes open and aware of the danger.  OK now to the Moms out there. I can hear you saying “Yep, that’s it I am not letting my kids go out there in the woods with those dangerous snakes.” The reality is that the snakes don’t want to have anything to do with humans. If you see a snake it is likely that it will be high-tailing it away from you. Snakes do not see you as food so they are not looking to bite you. The snake bites that do occur are usually where the hiker steps on the snake or is somehow in-crouching on the snake’s space. Don’t let it keep you from hiking or enjoying the amazing outdoors.




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