wedge wrote:In response to montezumawell's reply:
The ground around the tent that is....not your information! Thanks again.
Thanks for your replies. They are much appreciated.
Well, here's another perspective to consider:
What is the snake's MOST IMPORTANT ASSET?
Answer: Venom. A snake cannot kill something simply with its jaws alone. It has to inject venom. The venom also pre-digests the prey.
It's a win-win situation for the snake.
Nationwide statistics on venomous snake bites will indicate that only about half of snake bites involve injection of venom. Sometimes less, sometimes more on an annual basis.
Basically a snake's venom is its MOST important asset. A smart snake isn't going to waste it on something it obviously can't pass through its expandable jaws. Unless you p**s it off!
Personally, I think that's when snakes are at their worst--when they are p**sed. Afterall, snakes have personalities, too.
So, the bottom line is to "think like a snake." You CAN actually think like a snake. Lots of politicians do it every day! Opps, just kidding.
But, if you realize they have their favorite hangouts and what not, it helps a lot to ease the typical fears of camping in snake country. They really are not interested in you as much as you might like to think they are.
Most snake misfortunes occur when both sides of the equation were having "bad hair days." Or "bad snake days." Or whatever.
PS--There is an "article" on HAZ entitled "Snake Encounters" and it is most visible for newcomers to HAZ who haven't picked an "ID" and logged on. For some reason, it's not real visible otherwise. Right, Joe?
Anyway, here is the "Snake Encounters" address:
We have posted a reply to this article that's pretty amusing. I would think that some of you, at the very least, may wish to read my story about the snake phobia person in the Grand Canyon. Truly a classic snake story.
PPS --The first aid advice for shock in the article is probably wrong. I don't think you are supposed to give people fluids when they are in shock. Correct me if I am wrong, PLEASE!