If you are a city dweller, you would most likely take things for granted because wildlife never seems to cross paths with you. Unfortunately some people would sometimes encounter a poisonous snake or insect. The most obvious reaction for you would be to stay away and keep your safety distance. However, what if you are not aware of such harmful presence that is lurking close to you one day. Here are some survival tips you can practice to avoid a shocking encounter.
Scorpions, centipedes, spiders and snakes normally do not attack people but most of the time, people accidentally get too close or step onto these animals. Here are some tips you can use to prevent any nasty surprises.
General Survival Tips At Home
- Don’t put your hands into holes, such as rock crevices, heavy brush, or logs, without first investigating.
- Always use a rubbish picker or pole to pick up things when you suspect that there are creepy crawlies around. It’s a good idea to employ this while in the bathroom or out in the garden. Believe me.
- Carry a broom or long stick before venturing into tall grass or bush. Look down at where you are walking.
- Be careful when overturning bricks or boulders. Always use a long pole to keep a safety distance at all times.
- Beware of what’s lurking behind potted plants in your garden before using your hands to tend to the plants. Always check first to see whether there are venomous snakes or insects around.
- Listen to animal sounds like rattling, hissing and buzzing. That would indicate a snake or a swarm of bees. Do not make sudden movements but back away slowly.
- Always take a good look before you rest your hands on a tree trunk. Venomous insects like scorpions could be crawling on it.
- Never walk barefooted outdoors or while in the bathroom. Always put on footwear.
Survival Tips Concerning Poisonous Snakes
- Wear boots and thick denim pants to avoid snakebites.
- Always stay at least one snake length away from a snake to avoid it’s striking range.
- Do not step over a fallen tree but step on the log instead. Check to see if there is a snake resting on the other side.
- Don’t pick up any snake if you can’t tell if it is venomous or not.
- Carrying a hand phone is a good idea in case of a snake bite.
- Do not prod a snake with a stick to aggravate it.
- Avoid picking up dead a snake since its nerves might still be functioning and it may still bite you.
To conclude this article, here’s video of a British lady who got bitten on the hand by a rattlesnake caught live on camera. Not only did she faced a life threatening situation, she also had to survive the hospital bill at the end of the video. If you are not afraid of getting bitten, be afraid of the hospital bill!
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Sharif Ishnin is a writer and miniature painter from Singapore.
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