Poisonous snakes.

The usual fear of snakes peculiar to the majority of people caused by ignorance. Even a harmless snake is sometimes viewed with apprehension. However, there is no need to fear snakes if you have at least some idea about them and their habits, about how to distinguish poisonous snakes, about the simple measures to prevent bites and how to provide first aid in those rare cases where the bite took place.

The probability of being bitten by a poisonous snake is very small. Danger of death from snake bite is much less than the chances of dying in a car accident or from accidental discharge.

Forget about the exaggerated danger, which in the popular literature and various stories associated with snakes. Do not believe the rumors about the number, size and ferocity of the snakes that live in a particular area. The locals know all poisonous snakes, but also many harmless species of snakes can be represented as deadly. Statistics on the number of people bitten by poisonous snakes, unreliable. This is particularly true of deaf areas where dangerous snakes are numerous. Besides accidents almost always happen to those people who don’t wear shoes and therefore get a bite on the foot or ankle. So if you wear boots and pants, the danger of being bitten by a poisonous snake is small compared with the danger of malaria, cholera, dysentery and other diseases; mosquitoes are actually more dangerous than snakes.

There are many reasons why the danger from the snakes seem exaggerated. First of all before reaching adulthood most snakes are harmless. Usually only the adult is really dangerous. It is unlikely that the immature snake bite was fatal to humans.

However, there are small snakes, the largest specimens not exceeding 1.5 m, but which are very toxic from day one. Some data about them are shown below.

Average size, cm

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