RATTLESNAKE FACTS,
PRECAUTIONS AND
EMERGENCY CARE

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Rattle Snake

If you are fly fishing in rattlesnake country, at some point you will probably encounter a rattlesnake. A couple times we have encountered rattlesnakes and for the most part they wanted to be left alone. There have been occasions when we didn't see the snake and when getting too close it sounded a warning with it's rattle. Immediately we stopped and determined the rattlesnake's position, then backed away in the opposite direction.

RATTLESNAKE FACTS
AND PRECAUTIONS:

Rattlesnakes would prefer to avoid you. Given the chance, it will usually crawl away.

Rattlesnake at Alabama Hills
Rattlesnake at Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA

WHEN ON THE TRAIL OR CAMPING
- Make noise.
- Don't reach up or over any place you cannot see.
- Don't step over logs, rocks, ect., without looking first.
- Don't sit on a log, rock, ect., without checking the area first.
- Look ahead and to both sides while on trails.
- Walk around the snake. Don't play with it.
- During hot weather, be more careful in the mornings and evenings.

IF BITTEN BY A RATTLESNAKE:
- Stop moving immediately and lay down if possible.
- Keep the bitten area at or below heart level.
- Immobilize the affected limb.
- If victim can be taken to a hospital within five hours, then go to hospital or else:
- If mild swelling, discoloration around the bite, along with moderate pain, nausea, shortness of breath begin to occur, apply constricting band on the heart side of the wound.
- Band should be 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches wide. Belt can be used.
- Band should be snug. If finger can be slipped under band, it is tight enough. Loosen band if swelling increases, but do not remove band.
- Be sure you can detect a pulse on both sides of band.
- Be calm, snake bites are seldom fatal in North America. If alone, find shelter, warmth, and suffer it out. You will be sick and in pain, but chances are good you will survive.
- If more than one person, send for help.

Rattlesnake
Close-Up of Rattlesnake Scales

Rattlesnake
Close-Up of Rattlesnake Scales

Rattlesnake
Close-Up of a Rattlesnake Tail

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Have you heard the story of the rattlesnake that climbed into a person's sleeping bag during the night. Waking up in the morning with a rattlesnake laying next to you would be a messed-up situation.

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RATTLESNAKE FACTS, PRECAUTIONS
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