How to protect yourself when bitten by venomous snakes

Veritasium has published a great new video that answers the question: why are there more venomous animals in warmer areas than in colder areas? It answers this question, but I was more concerned to know how you can protect yourself from the venom of the snakes.

If you are bitten by the hand you need to use bandages to cover the hand and make sure they compress the hand from the byte wound up to the forearm. Take care not to tie the bandages too much because it may stop the flow of the blood. The thing you need to know is that the venom travels through the medium between skin and muscles if it does not reach the blood stream. The bandages will limit its ability to move up your arm.

A distinction needs to be made: venom and poison are two different things. Venom is the substance that is injected in your body by such snake and the poison is a substance that you insert in your body by eating it (ingestion). Interestingly, if you drink venom you may have no issues, but if you drink poison you’re done.

If you want to prepare for a snake attack you may need to eat venom at least once a month so that your body builds the antibodies needed to fight it.

And, the answer to the question in the first paragraph: there are more venomous animals in the warmer areas because in the last ice age many animals needed to leave northern areas and got to live where they are now. History has solved a biology question.

2 Responses to “How to protect yourself when bitten by venomous snakes”

  1. I guess there’s a word missing in the 4th paragraph. I can’t get the thought about the venom. It’s a devastating experience to be bitten by a venomous animal such as snake, although there are first aid procedures but it doesn’t guarantee cure so it’s better to keep away from danger caused by wild animals.