If you have been following the news, you probably already know about the hapless groom who was bitten by a rattlesnake while taking a lovely little stroll with his newly acquired bride along Horsetooth Reservoir in Colorado. Both were still decked out in their wedding finery as a photographer snapped away at the deliriously happy couple. Little did they know that a very rude snake lurked in the weeds just waiting for said groom to step on him. When said groom did step on said snake, snake did what snakes do when grooms step on them. He (the snake) bit back.
Luckily it was a dry bite, so no venom was released. The groom went to ER, got a tetanus shot, and returned to his reception as a bona-fide hero, with a truly interesting wedding story to tell his future grandchildren. So, what can we learn from this tale? A few things, actually.
- Snakes are active in the summertime. Do not let anyone tell you that snakes do not go into the sunshine because the heat is too much for them.
- Do not step on snakes. The best way to put this gem of advice into practice is to watch where you walk – especially if you are walking in weeds, tall grass, or along wooded paths.
- Wear boots! If you are out hiking, hunting, exploring, whatever’ing in areas where snakes abide, wear boots that go up at least over your ankles. Good quality boots will stop most snake fangs before they can get to your skin. If you do not have boots for you and your family, get some before you head off into the woods.
- Listen for rattles. If you are in an area where rattlesnakes live, take off the ear buds and listen for that rattle. If you hear it, stop and look for the source. Back up away from the snake and it will likely leave you alone. Do not poke it with a stick. Do not throw rocks at it. And do NOT attempt to stomp it to death.
Enjoy your time outdoors this summer, but remember you are not alone out there. Before you head off for Snakey Canyon or Break Neck Ridge or Won’t Come Back Hollow, be prepared for whatever you might run into.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
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