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Posted by K.A. on July 02, 2002 at 18:06:19:
In Reply to: Re: How can l keep my family safe? posted by big scott on July 02, 2002 at 12:17:19:
: First of all I think it is much more wise and responsible to teach children where to walk and look for snakes .
Like I said earlier, we live behind a greenbelt. I often let my boys, aged 13 and 8 play back there. They know to stay away from dried flood debris adn I tell them to watch where they step, especially when going through the brush and crossing the creek. Am I missing anything?
:Secondly contact all your local hospitals and make sur they carry Cotton Mouth Anti-vennin as all hospitals do not carry it.Knowing which hospitals to go to can drastically improve your chances of a full recovery.
That's a wonderful idea I never thought of. I just assumed they would have it. My grandmother said she saw on the news earlier this summer that there was a shortage of rattlesnake anti-venom. Does anyone know anything about that?
Thanks for all the info, especially the stats. It's nice to know that they are not so bad.
If I find one that looks like it's staying put, I'll call you Chris. ;-)
You guys are very helpful. I've been wondering about what to do about the snakes for a while. I don't know why I didn't think to write before!
Also, what about snake repellant? My grandmother has some, but the package says that it doesn't work with water moccasins. Kind of defeats the purpose for me. I don't mind the harmless ones. They're kind of cute.
Am I remembering correctly that the big rat or chicken snakes (that's what we always called them) eat venomous snakes? 2 years ago we found about a 5' snake skin in the yard, but haven't seen any sign of him since. Those might be handy to have around. My friend has a farm where they can be a nuisance. I always wondered if I could take one off her hands and put it in the yard. Just curious!