Snake bite in the bush

Driving, recovery & more
Post Reply
NoPressure
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 148
Joined: 12 Nov 2018 21:39
Full Name: Ruan
Nickname: Ruan
Home Town: Swakopmund
Current 4x4: 2017 Ford Ranger 3.2 D/C 4x4 Auto
2000 Nissan Patrol 4.5 GRX M/T
Home Language: Afrikaans
Has thanked: 58 times
Been thanked: 34 times

Snake bite in the bush

Post by NoPressure »

Hi guys

I'm not exactly sure where this thread should be placed.
I have recently came back from a lovely trip through Damaraland - scenery is truly amazing, albeit very dry.

We came across probably about half a dozen snakes during this trip. With this in mind I would like to share a hint or two with regards to snake bites in the bush.

Disclaimer: This is not my medical professional advice, but rather an opinion as a fellow traveler. This is not an exhaustive text on the matter, just a quick guide.

It is important to be able to distinguish between the different families of snakes you encounter, as this predominantly will influence the steps to take after a bite. It is useful to know all the relevant snakes you will encounter in your trip, but just being able to have a rough idea could save a limb or a life.

Boomslang: Short nose with big eyes. Obviously more in trees.
Their venom are haemotoxic - thus affecting the bloods ability to clot. For this reasons the bite can initially be painless. Take of jewelry.
The best action would be to immobilise the individual and limb - less blood pumping - less blood spewing.

Adders: They tend to have triangular heads and usually a big girth in relation to their length. They have cytotoxic poison - that affects soft tissue. If it is severely painful and burning, chances are it is an adder. Raise the limb above the heart slightly and immobilise it. Again take off jewelry.

Spitting Cobra: We all have this idea of a snake with big scales that flare out when they feel threatened, which is the case, but spitting cobras well...spit. Their poison is also cytotoxic, thus the same treatment applies as with adders.

Cobras and Mambas: Know your mambas (green and black). Mambas and most non-spitting cobras have neurotoxic venom. Thus, it attacks your nervous system. Vomiting,slurring, drowsiness etc are all signs. The most dangerous snakes are the black mamba and the cape cobra - know how they look. Putt a compression bandage over the limb and splint/immobilise it.

Do not try to suck the venom out - it goes into the body too fast.
Do not put on a tourniquet- the poison travels through lymph channels - especially with adders and spitting cobras.

In my first aid box I have a spesific pouch for snake bites. Compression bandage, Saline eye washer, sterile gauze and mouth-to-mouth kit. National Poison information number, as well as my house doctors nr.

I carry splints/brace and triangle bandage in my regular first aid box.

Have you ever been bitten, or have assisted someone that was bitten. Tell the story, let us know what they did to help you.

User avatar
ricster
Patrolman 1000+
Patrolman 1000+
Posts: 6434
Joined: 13 Jan 2010 11:16
Full Name: Cedric Warner
Nickname: Cedric
Home Town: Alberton Gauteng
Current 4x4: '99 Nissan Patrol 4.2 Turbo Diesel
Home Language: English
Location: LA..... No not Los Angles ..... Lower Alberton, Gauteng
Has thanked: 382 times
Been thanked: 360 times

Re: Snake bite in the bush

Post by ricster »

This is a VERY VERY good post .... this information is so so valuable. I would almost recommend printing something like what you posted ( possible even further abbreviated ) on a small card ( postcard size ) and laminating it and keeping it in the cubby hole, that way if anyone need this info it is instantly accessible. :goodpost: :goodpost: :goodpost:
Regards
Cedric
Nissan Patrol GL 4.2 Diesel Turbo (Iron Maiden)
Nissan SANI 3.0 V6 4x4 (SOLD)
Isuzu KB 280 DT 2x4 ('ol Smokey) - SOLD
Suzuki TL 1000R "V twin" (Growler) - SOLD

User avatar
Tinus lotz
Moderator
Posts: 7826
Joined: 29 Aug 2010 13:07
Full Name: Tinus lotz
Nickname: Tinus lotz
Home Town: Centurion
Current 4x4: Nissan patrol 4.8 GRX 2005

Toyota 2.7 legend 35 LWB 4X4
Home Language: Afrikaans
Has thanked: 672 times
Been thanked: 422 times

Re: Snake bite in the bush

Post by Tinus lotz »

:bravo: :goodpost: thanks dude

AndriesS
Patrolman
Patrolman
Posts: 608
Joined: 01 Feb 2010 07:42
Full Name: Andries
Nickname: None
Home Town: None
Current 4x4: None
Home Language: Afrikaans
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 28 times

Re: Snake bite in the bush

Post by AndriesS »

Also download the ASI app, I haven't tested how much of the content is on your phone vs online but can be useful if you have signal.

Post Reply

Return to “26. Techniques”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests