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How to Treat a Snakebite

Learn how to treat a snakebite from Heather Menicucci, author of Let's Get Primitive: The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping, in this Howcast video.


You might encounter snakes when you're camping and the most important thing that you should know is that sucking the venom from a snake bit is not realistic. It only happens in movies and you should not plan to do that. So, if you happen to get bit by a snake, and a good thing to keep in mind is that snakes usually live in dark places, so around your campsite if there's logs on the ground or what appears to be a hole between two rocks, that could very well be a snake's home. So anytime you're disturbing anything around your campsite or in the woods or turning anything over, that's when you want to think about snakes. Or it's one of the times you want to think about snakes. If you do get bitten by a snake, the best thing to do is to leave. The thing you need to do is to get to a doctor. There's really no other advice to give. You should hop in your car. Hike back out. Hop in your car and get going.

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