Emergency Prep & Outdoor Survival
In some regions (especially in the Southwest), you may bump into a venomous snake while riding trails. Rattlers and cottonmouths are the most dangerous snakes out there but if you’re unsure, you should just steer clear of anything that’s long, skinny and slithers.
If someone in your group is bitten by a snake, NEVER try to suck the poison out with your mouth—that ‘rescue technique’ is a complete myth. Instead, act quickly by doing the following:
- Immediately move away from the area where the snake is located.
- Calm the person who has been bitten. They’ll be freaking out.
- Keep the bitten area as far away from the heart area as possible (to prevent the poison from moving toward the heart).
- Get them to a hospital ASAP for further treatment.