How to Identify a Venomous Snake By Its Bite

You’re camping and need to start a fire, so you go looking for wood. You pick up a branch and feel a sharp pain in your hand. A snake slithers away into tall grass.
You won’t always be able to identify the type of snake that bit you. And, to tell the truth, you really don’t need to waste a lot of time looking. Yes, it would be great to know whether it’s venomous, but how much of the snake can you see in the tall grass? That is, if you find it. And if you mess with it too much, you’re liable to get another bite.

Nonvenomous snakebites tend to leave a row of several small puncture wounds from the animal’s many teeth. But a bite from a venomous snake will also leave from one to four larger fang marks. (A new set of fangs could be coming in while the old set is still in place.) Venomous bites also usually bleed a lot more because the fangs penetrate more deeply into the flesh and because the venom itself can cause hemorrhaging.

Fortunately, the bite you’ve sustained can give you some good clues. Here’s an excerpt from the book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

Other clues you’ve been bitten by a venomous snake are:

Severe pain, often a burning type, soon after the bite
A metallic taste in your mouth or a numb tongue
A tingling sensation or sweating
To learn more read the book “The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

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