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    Snake Bite Kit

    Here is the reason to carry a snake bite kit when in the woods!
    Friend from Alabama

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    The pic is of left leg after being struck by a 6ft timber rattler today while turkey hunting. The snake bit through my hunting pants and Muck Boots (I usually wear snake boots when turkey hunting, but could not locate them this morning). The initial bite felt like being hit in the calf by a baseball bat at full swing followed by excruciating pain radiating out from the bite wounds. Fortunately, I carry a snake bite extractor kit in my turkey vest, and was able to remove the majority (I guestimated 3-4 cups) of the venom contaminated blood. Following the instructions from the kit, I kept my heart rate down as best I could, and slowly limped the 200 yds to my vehicle, and was able to drive myself to the hospital which, thank the good Lord, was about 20 min away. Once there, I was administered the anti-venom, antibiotics, ect. The ER Doc told me that, based on the distance between the two fang punctures and their diameter and depth, if I had not used the venom extractor kit, I would have died before I ever made it to my truck. So, if you do not already own one, I want you to go to a sporting goods store and purchase a venom extractor kit ASAP. I bought mine at academy and it was around $10.00. I would urge you to buy a couple. Put one in each vehicle in your household, in your hunting or hiking pack, and especially your B.O.B. ect,,,,they are about the size of a bar of soap and can literally save your life or someone you love. Please don't blow this off. Do it tomorrow!!!!
    I am spending one night (hopefully) in the hospital, and may require some minor surgery to remove any damaged tissue from the poison, but that is a far cry from losing my leg or passing through the pearly gates!!!!


    Folks ask why I carry two guns...Well if I did not I'd be off balance and walk in circles!

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    Nasty stuff, My sister in law stepped on a small diamond back. With in a few weeks the effects of anti venom hits ya and you are sick again. That is what we were told, and it did happen. They also stated it was a one time shot. Dont know but it is a bad deal and those snakes are hard to see.
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    One this big can be deadly.....I have seen one 5 footer but never a 6 footer...

    That is a huge rattler.
    Folks ask why I carry two guns...Well if I did not I'd be off balance and walk in circles!

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    That's one big effen snake! I've never been bitten and certainly will do whatever it takes to not get bitten. I swell up and look like Jabba the Hut after a mosquito sting...I would probably immediately explode after a snake bite.
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    Wilderness enthusiasts often carry snake-bite kits, which makers say can treat a wound until help arrives. Scientists say the kits, which typically include suction devices and sometimes scalpels to drain the wound, may do more harm than good.
    Deadly Dilemma: Do Snake-Bite Kits Help?

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    Good post and link. I've been teaching wilderness medicine for almost twenty years, and the professional and scientific literature is pretty solidly in the "doesn't accomplish anything" camp when it cones to snake venom extractor devices. Even Sawyer, the maker of the only one worth anything at all, says used optimally it only removes 30% of delivered venom, and we all know "optimal" is a dream in the field. That said, I'm glad the OP recovered without ill effects from a nasty bite.

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    Thanks for the warning, and get well soon!

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    3-4 cups of blood sucked out? 4 cups is a quart! I'm surprised that you didn't pass out from blood loss if you actually extracted that much blood. Get well soon.
    BTW, did you shoot that sucker after he bit you?

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    This is from a friend in Al...IO'm sure he was guessing as I think from that much blood you would need to be given blood and can't imaging driving yourself......I told him he had to be wrong in this estimate...He said they gave him some good drugs for the pain....
    Folks ask why I carry two guns...Well if I did not I'd be off balance and walk in circles!

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    One thing cool about these kits, is using them for bug bites. If you're sensitive to certain types, you can extract the whatever it is they inject that causes swelling and itching thereby reducing the effects.
    You can have good intentions and not be right.

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