You’re Approached By A Snake, Now What?

You’ve just tuned up your RV at the Oklahoma City RV dealership and are on the road. After a few hours of scenic driving, you stop and set up camp. While scouting around for firewood you hear a noise in the tall grass. Slithering out of the grass and coming toward you is a large black snake! What do you do?

The short answer is to step out of the way. Snakes don’t really want anything to do with you and you’re probably just in their way. The real question is whether your snake encounter results in you being bitten. The majority of snake bites are the result of an accidental encounter or being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Luckily in the US, there are only four venomous snakes, and they all live in specific areas. The majority of snake encounters you may have will be with harmless, non-poisonous snakes.

The copperhead can be found in grassy or rocky areas in the west and southwestern US. The cottonmouth (or water moccasin) is found in or near water mostly in the southeast US. Coral snakes are very colorful and prefer warm, grassy areas throughout the western, southwest and central US. Rattlesnakes live primarily in the west and southwest US and prefer rocky environments.

Before embarking on your RV Oklahoma adventure, get to know these snakes and how to identify them. The best approach is to avoid any encounters with these snakes which can be done by following a few simple rules.

  • If you hike in tall grasses or rocky areas, wear long pants and hiking boots.
  • When hiking in grassy or rocky areas, make noise so your presence is known to whatever wildlife is around you.
  • Research the types of snakes that might be in your hiking/camping area and avoid those areas if possible.
  • Don’t reach into any rocky spaces where you can’t see what’s inside first.
  • Snakes prefer to avoid you so walk through areas that may have snakes with a heavy foot. They feel the vibrations and will get out of your way.
  • Keep your RV closed, your tent flap closed and sleeping bags zipped shut. Snakes may enter a warm area.
  • Should you and a snake surprise each other, stand still and let the snake move out of the way. The snake may interpret any sudden movements by you as aggression and they may attack. Venomous snakes are more likely to bite than non-venomous snakes.

If you are bitten by a poisonous snake, the most important thing to remember is to not panic and get yourself to medical help. Staying calm will help prevent the venom from getting further into your body.

Whether you are a new RV Oklahoma traveler or a seasoned veteran, learn about the snakes in your areas, avoid where they may live and be prepared for any surprise encounters.

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