Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient Handout
Snakebites: Reducing Your Risk
How can I avoid snakebites?
Snakes are most active in the spring, early summer and fall. Most snakebites occur between April and October, when outdoor activities are popular. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of snakebite:
What should I do if I get a snakebite?
A bite from a poisonous snake is a medical emergency. If you have been bitten by any snake, remain calm and call for help. Never apply ice to a snakebite, because it can make your symptoms worse. Also, you should never cut the place that has been bitten and try to suck out the venom. If you are alone, try to get to the nearest hospital as soon as you can.