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R.R. Book

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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #60 on: July 09, 2019, 12:45:49 PM »
Wikipedia keeps an updated list of fatal snake bites in the U.S., which the boys and I read aloud together this morning. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_snake_bites_in_the_United_States

We learned some surprising tidbits from it:

* A sizeable number of fatal snakebites in the Southeastern U.S. happen to parishioners of all ages who participate in an Appalachian religious denomination which advocates snake-handling as an act of faith.  Unfortunately, they simultaneously shun medical care, as another act of faith.  Also unfortunately, some of those who received fatal wounds were young people, and one hopes they were not coerced into handling snakes due to familial or congregational pressure. 

No offense intended to anyone belonging to that mountain sect.

*One fatal snakebite apparently occurred when someone simply got in his car to drive it - perhaps a door or window had been left open in a rural area and the snake had climbed in and hidden itself until it struck the driver of the vehicle.  Ironically, the actual bite in that instance didn't occur until the car was parked in the paved parking lot at a Lowe's building supply store.

*Some of the fatal snakebites occurred when someone was either wading or swimming in streams or wetlands.

*One deadly incident occurred when someone stepped down from a ladder, not knowing that a snake was waiting at the bottom because he was facing forward toward the structure that the ladder was leaning upon, as would be the normal way of mounting and dismounting a ladder.

*One preschooler died planting watermelon seeds in the family garden.  Not sure how well-kempt the land around the garden was.  The snake that killed the child was as thin as a pencil.

*Several other toddlers were killed while just playing in their own yards.

*One woman was fatally bitten while harvesting beans in her garden.

*One person was fatally wounded while stopping beside the road to relieve himself behind a bush.

*Fishers and campers have been bitten beside or at close range to lakes and ponds.

*One fatal attack occurred when someone used a camera with built-in flash to photograph a snake, and the flash caused the snake to feel under attack.

*One woman was bitten last month when sitting down on lawn furniture.

*One man was fatally bitten while searching for a golf ball on a golf course.

*One person was bitten trying to rescue a snake from traffic.

*Another person thought it would be safe to handle a dead snake, and learned the hard way that dead snakes can bite reflexively.

*Several people were bitten while hiking, but we don't know if they had gotten off of the main trails or not.

*Some kept venomous snakes as pets, to their own demise. 

*One was bitten just pulling his pants on.

*Some were bitten reaching their hands into unlit places, mostly outdoors.

*One stepped on a snake that he thought was a log

*One fellow was killed during a long-standing rattlesnake round-up competition in a Texas community

*A few were bitten while cutting trees and brush

*One was killed when berry-picking (how many times have we seen Little Bear and friends go off of the main path to pick berries in the cartoons, with the only snake in the show being one of their best friends?)

*One was bitten in the hayloft of his barn

*Some were bitten and died sleeping out in the open without a tent or camper

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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #61 on: July 09, 2019, 08:37:46 PM »
VERY interesting!  The only thing I can add is that I've read that young snakes are unable yet to regulate or judge how much venom they inject, thus smaller venomous snakes may be more dangerous than the adults of that species.

A few years ago here in MO, a man was bitten three consecutive times while interacting with a copperhead, and the result was fatal.  It seems he had picked up the snake to show his 12 year old son, but maybe he picked it up three times!  Anyway, he lived long enough for the ambulance to pick him up, but not much longer: https://www.kfvs12.com/story/25987215/missouri-man-dies-from-snake-bite-at-sam-a-baker-park/

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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #62 on: July 10, 2019, 07:24:11 AM »
That's so tragic Ilinda. 

We've tried to run our homestead using only hand tools and manual labor (including a push-style reel mower), with the exception of a chainsaw and log splitter, but are looking for a weed whacker today.  Our place quickly crosses that fine line between "enough plant life" and "too much plant life," under and behind which snakes could be hiding.

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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #63 on: July 10, 2019, 06:49:45 PM »
That's so tragic Ilinda. 

We've tried to run our homestead using only hand tools and manual labor (including a push-style reel mower), with the exception of a chainsaw and log splitter, but are looking for a weed whacker today.  Our place quickly crosses that fine line between "enough plant life" and "too much plant life," under and behind which snakes could be hiding.
A week whacker will come in really handy for preventing snakes to have a place to lurk.  We use as little high-tech stuff as possible, but in this day it's fairly difficult.  We did get rid of our tiller years ago and now the gardens are only dug with hand tools.  They never look as neat and perfect as a tilled or plowed garden, but this method is good preparation for the day when gasoline may only be available for the military, or at least not for the common folk.  Digging the garden by hand could truly be a security issue some day.


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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #64 on: July 11, 2019, 05:10:40 AM »
Absolutely.

On the other hand, I was like a kid in a toy shop yesterday using my new weed-whacker... :)


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Re: Safety and security - some miscellaneous tips
« Reply #65 on: July 12, 2019, 09:31:43 PM »
Yikes Ilinda!

That does look rather threatening, or perhaps he was feeling threatened?

Could you post a photo of your special snake equipment?
The gloves are thick leather, the kind used for working with a fireplace or wood stove.  The drywall bucket can be any bucket, preferably a large white one, as the snake will be easier to see.  The tool does work, and it comes from Forestry Suppliers:  https://www.forestry-suppliers.com/Search.php?stext=Professional%20Snake%20Hook

 

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