We might not always love this hot Oklahoma weather, but snakes sure do. These reptiles are cold blooded and need warm climates to help regulate their body temperatures, this is why we see more of them around this time of year. Approximately 8,000 snake bites are reported in the U.S. each year, of these, less than five are reported fatal. The low fatality rate can be attributed to proper diagnosis as well as access to appropriate medical care. Unfortunately, that is not always the case for our pets. Luckily, not all venomous snakes release venom into their victim’s bloodstream. These types of bites are known as “dry bites” which are very common in copperheads. Unless you physically saw it happening, identifying whether your pet has been bitten by a snake can be a bit tricky, so here are some signs to look for:
Fang marks- If the snake was venomous, you will distinctively be able to see one or two fang marks. If it’s a nonvenomous snake, you should still be able to see teeth marks.
Redness and irritation
In serious cases:
Vomiting/diarrhea If you believe your pet has been bitten by a venomous snake, do not try to clean or massage the area. Do not put any pressure or ice on the area. The best thing to do is keep your pet calm and prevent it from exerting energy, as these things might cause the toxins to move faster throughout their system. Venomous or not, it is imperative that your pet be treated by a veterinarian. We have had quite a few snake bite cases in the clinic as well as after hours lately, so if you believe your pet has been bitten, please give us a call at (405) 547-8381. #benchmarkanimalhospital#snakebite#veterinarian#vetcliniclife
A workshop was done today with the #students of Aranya Bharti College, Baihar by the #IndianSnakes team.
Being close to #Kanha Tiger Reserve in #MadhyaPradesh , the area has a rich diversity in #snake species and by extension does have reports of #snakebite cases. Awareness workshops like these on busting myths surrounding snakes, snake identification and first aid in case of a bite help not only potentially save human #lives but also those of snakes, especially non-venomous ones who are killed out of fear and misidentification!
To know more about snakes and the work we do, please go to our website IndianSnakes.org
Sal's rat. I had an odd experience with him today. I always unpack the rat with my hands, so today after I did that, I went to get him. I saw he had shed so I reached my hand in to get it without paying attention to my surroundings, and Sal smells the rat. He got confused and struck out at my phone and my hand. He only actually but my arm though. I've been bitten by all kinds of snakes, so it wasn't really a shock. It didn't even hurt or draw blood. Even when you're dealing with little snakes like this guy, always double check, because who wants an unnecessary snake bite. If he was a retic or a burm I would have been in trouble. #snakebite#ballpython#pastelmorph
I lost myself in this book, great read and fantastic cover. 🐍You think you have the story figured out and then the plot twists like a snake in the grass. @breeanashields #snakebite#loveislethal#poisonskiss