Signs of rattlesnake bites in pets:

Signs of coral snake bites in pets:
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Milk snakes come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. They can make great pets, but it should be noted that they are commonly more shy than King snakes, and especially as babies, will typically be more prone to musk or bite when being held.
Take home message about venomous snake bites in pets
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A typical Southern California rattlesnake encounter. Here, a large Southern Pacific Rattlesnake crosses a dirt road in the Santa Monica Mountains.

In the U.S., the snakes typically involved in human fatalities include native species like rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths as well as a number of nonnative species that are sometimes kept as pets, both legally and illegally, and zoo animals. There are also three species of coral snakes in the U.S., but with their small mouths and fangs, bites to people are rare and usually involve a person handling the snake. To avoid being bitten by a coral snake, follow this simple rule: don’t pick it up. Here in Southern California, there are seven species of rattlesnakes (making this herpetologist quite happy to live here). Most are found in the deserts, but the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake is common in the foothills and mountains surrounding the larger coastal cities.

Each year, around 7,000–8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. This may sound like a large number, but given that the U.S. population is quickly approaching 324 million people, this represents a tiny proportion of the population (less than 0.0025%). Of these 8,000 or so bites, on average, 5–6 result in fatalities (Table 1). This means, you are 6 times more likely to die from a lightning strike or a dog attack, 8 times more likely to die from a TV set or other large furniture falling on you, 14 times more likely to die falling out of a tree, and 95 times more likely to die falling off a ladder. Of course all of these numbers pale in comparison to risks posed by car accidents (over 30,000 fatalities per year) or of dying of heart disease or cancer, which are the two leading causes of mortality in the U.S. (Table 1). Despite the reality of the low risks from animal attacks in the U.S., snakebites and also shark bites (less than one fatality per year in the U.S.) get a huge amount of attention in the popular press. Find out what to do if your snake bites you in this Howcast video about pet snakes.
Photo provided by FlickrIndeed, snakebites are on the rise among humans and pets.
Photo provided by FlickrLast Thursday, the practice got three snakebite cases in a row, all from pets playing in backyards.
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Though snake bites sound scary, the most important thing to do if your pet snake bites you is to simply keep calm. While many people believe you have to suck the venom out of a snakebite, this is unnecessary, as pet snakes aren’t venomous.According to Dr. Mark Magazu, Chairman of the , most pet snakes bite by accident, and the snake will usually disengage quickly. Once this happens, it is important to wash the bite with soap and water, as snakes do carry bacteria in their mouths, including . Once you pat the site dry, call your doctor for further treatment instructions.winter months, they also come out on warm winter days. Snake bites are one of the most serious hazards your pet may face. Snake bites are usually triggered by your pet’s aggressive, playful or curious behavior. Dogs are more likely than cats to be attacked, with most of the strikes hitting the muzzle. Cats are prone to being struck on the forelimbs, while pawing and batting at the snake.My ball python managed to bite me when he was going to feed on a mouse, its a common mistake. This is what you need to get used to when caring for snakes. Its pretty funny actually, so justt take it as a "LOL". This is a video of feeding my pet snakes, thanks for watching.Great Amazon Must Haves for any Reptile Owner:
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Find out if all snakes bite in this Howcast video about pet snakes.

Does every snake bite? Well, the simple answer is yes. The question really is, is what happens if you get bit by a snake? Now this little garter snake here, these guys are a little bit nervous and you need to make sure that you handle them properly, because they can bite you. Understand that all snakes have bacteria in their mouth that can be potentially dangerous. They carry salmonella. Salmonella is dangerous. So what happens if you get bit?

Well, most of the time these guys and even your larger, we have a ball python over here. We've got a boa constrictor in this guy. We've got a king snake over in this one. Well, if you get bit by any of those guys, they don't have fangs. Everybody is worried about, "Hey, are they poisonous?" They really are not. Although, interesting enough the garter snake actually does have rudimentary glands, that are right where the vipers have their venom glands.

But if this guy bites you sometimes people will have a little bit more of an allergic reaction, because they do have these glands and when you get bit you'll get the secretion. It is not a toxin. Most of the time it's a little bit irritating and that's it, but that's one of the interesting things with this little garter snake if he bites you.

Now what do you do? The first thing you should do is calmly wash with warm soap and water and you call your doctor. Let them know that you got bit by a snake and then he will take it from there. It isn't something that you want to take lightly, again because all snakes can carry salmonella, and several other different bacteria. So as friendly as these guys are if they accidentally nip you, you want to give your doctor a call.amount of venom varies, from bite to bite and there is no way to tell how much was injected. The risk of toxicity depends on the size of the animal bitten and the amount of venom injected. The majority of snake strikes are severe enough to require emergency treatment. Your pet will also be treated for pain and infection, and may need to be hospitalized if the bite is severe.