Watch Out for Venomous Snakes When Hiking in the United States

Outdoor sports in the United States can be quite enjoyable, but in some areas, dangerous cold-blood reptiles could be lurking in the bushes, tall grasses and rock crevices. Rattlers are the most iconic snakes and they can be found in the arid areas of the United States, but could also be found in wetter and greener areas. Other than rattlesnakes, we could also find coral snakes, copperheads, and water moccasins. The latter is also known as the cottonmouths. Rattlesnakes are distinctive due to the rattling noises that can be made at the tip of the tail. We should be aware that rattlesnake can actually strike without rattling, especially if we surprise them. We should ask locals about the presence of snakes in the area and during a hiking session, we should stay only at designated paths and avoid putting our hands and feet near holes, crevices, tall grasses and bushes without checking.

Watch Out for Venomous Snakes When Hiking in the United States

Cottonmouth is another species of snake that can strike people who hike near water and swampy areas. This snake could grow to about six feet long, with frogs and small fishes as their primary diet. It is important to know that copperheads can bite underwater, so travelers should be aware of this risk while swimming in some rivers and lakes. Due to their colors, copperheads can be difficult to see, especially in low light conditions. We should be wary of logs, boards and dead trees that may have hidden copperheads underneath. Again, we should ask locals about the population of copperheads in the area. Some locations could be off-limit for camping due to risks of envenomation.

Coral snakes are actually more venomous than rattlesnake and copperheads. However, they are very shy and would avoid interactions with people. Even so, there’s a risk of being bitten if accidentally sit or step on them. We should be aware of the red and yellow bands. These snakes have small mouth and are more reluctant to bite, but we would face huge problem once it bites. Regardless of the types of snakes in the area, we should always be aware when grasping a rock or turning over a log. Snakes are cold-blooded, so they could sun themselves on visible areas. It is better to be accompanied by guides who walk at the front and instruct us on how to avoid unnecessary interactions with these slithering reptiles.

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