大家好 我是杰西 是动物保护组织的负责人
Hi, I’m Jessie, and I am the director of Exotic Animal Outrage Organization.
I’ve worked with dozens of snakes in my professional career,
and I’ve been bit a few times as well.
When you get close to a snake,
there is a chance that you might get bit.
So how do you make sure that they don’t bite you,
and what should you do if they do?
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For some people, the idea of being bit by a snake doesn’t bother them too much,
but for others, it can cause intense nervousness and fear.
When I am scared of something,
I found that the more I know about whatever scaring me,
the better I am of being scared for the right reasons,
and not just because I am scared of the unknow.
If you’re nervous around snakes,
or if you’re just curious,
I’d like to share how you can prevent a snake from biting you,
when you’re working closely with them.
For this video, I’m not going to discuss venomous snakes,
since they are not a suitable pet.
That’s a strong statement, but I’m sticking to it.
If you’re bit by a wild snake,
you should always seek medical attention immediately.
Ok, the first thing you should know about snakes
is that they can and do communicate. All animals do.
但由于蛇没有面部肌肉 眉毛 甚至没有眼皮
But because they have no facial muscles, eyebrows, or even eyelids,
they use their body and sound to communicate.
So let me show you some snake body language,
so you can tell what they’re communicating.
First, let’s look at relaxd snake behaviour.
They could be curled under a hideout,
like the corn snakes usually do.
Look how cozy they are.
Or they could have a soft lodging body.
I call it “soft”, because her muscles are nice and relaxed, and she’s not tensed up.
Or they could be exploring with their head out-stretched,
often flicking their tongue in and out.
Now let’s talk about nervous snake behavior.
They can look similar to a relaxd snake,
if they’re curled under a hideout.
But their curls will be tighter,
and often buddled on top of their head.
Some snakes will use their body to protect their head.
Or they could have their head pulled back over their body
with an S-shape in their neck.
Or they could be making quick movements,
like slithering away or jerking their head or body away from touch.
Once you look at their body language,
if you’re still unsure about how the snake is feeling,
you should listen to see if they’re communicating with their voice.
Small snakes will hiss if they are feeling threatened,
and want you to get out of their space.
What I tell the kids I teach is that when a snake hisses,
it’s not because they are mean,
it’s because they’re scared and they’re saying “sssssstay away”.
So if the snake is pulled into a tight ball,
have their neck in a shape of an “S” and they’re hissing,
it’s a sure sign that they are nervous and you should not engage with them.
Ok, so if a snake is relaxed,
is there still a chance that they might bite you?
And the reason for that is because they’re hungry and they think you’re food.
When I’ve been bitten before,
is because I was just handling rats,
and so I smelled like their prey.
So how do you prevent a snake bite?
Watch their body language, listen for their “ssstay away”,
and don’t smell like their food.
So what happens if you do get bit?
There are several different kinds of bites.
A defensive bite will happen if the snake is nervous.
and it’s usually a striking release.
It’s so quick that there is usually not much time to react.
But it’s best not to pull away,
because their teeth are curved and it can break out your skin,
if you pull back quickly.
And then, there is a feeding response bite,
which happens when they think you’re their food.
This can also be a striking release.
Once they realize you are not a mouse or rat,
they’ll let go pretty quickly,
But because they struck with the intend to eat,
their teeth might get stuck.
So be calm and let them pull their teeth out on their own.
The third kind of bite is also a feeding response,
but they can strike and they can constrict.
If the snake is a constricter, like CS, the corn snake,
they’ll bite their prey and then wrap their body around it.
So what do you do if this happens?
The best practice is to not pull back.
This could actually cause them to constrict harder,
and then, relax,
and figure out what your next step is.
If there’s another person nearby, that’s good.
But it’s not necessary. You can do this on your own.
First, try putting the snake’s head under a stream of cold water,
this can disrupt their feeding response without causing harm,
If this doesn’t work,
try spraying ammonia or alcohol near their face.
It can hurt them,
so don’t get it on them, unless they haven’t released yet.
If they can’t or won’t remove their teeth on their own,
use a credit card or something similar
to help guide and push their teeth out of your skin.
Once you get the snake off of you,
put them back into their closure and tend your wound.
Flush the punctures with running water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
You can also apply an antiseptic, if the punctures are deep.
Lightly apply a bandage and ice the area,
since it will be bruised and start to swell.
And use your judgement to decide if you need to see a doctor.
For example, I’ve been bit by the corn snakes during feeding time,
and the little bite wound was sour,
but only needed a small bandage and healed up in about a week.
Another example is when Carlos, a Sinaloan milk snake bit me.
It blood a lot,
but with a few changes of my bandage,
it never became infected,
so I didn’t need to see a doctor and it healed in about a week
A bad bite, that would likely need to be seen by a doctor,
would involve a small snake bite that became infected,
or a very large snake, like a Burmese Python.
which could cause serious damage
with the length of their teeth and their powerful muscles.
Most pet snake owners will never need advice on what to do if they are bit,
especially if they’re good in interaction practices
preventing a bite from happening in the first place.
When I first started handling snakes,
I was a little bit nervous about reading their communications wrong,
but after talking with a few snake experts,
and honing my skills on reading their body language, come here you,
I felt more and more comfortable working with them.
An important part of my job
is assessing snakes that we rescue as adults,
and learning what kind of interaction they torelate.
If the snake is nervous or uncomfortable with me,
that I’ll know it and I can adjust my behavior in response.
I hope this video helped you understand snakes a bit more.
And the next time you are near a snake,
you can look at their body language
and know if they’re relaxed and they’re safe to touch and hold,
or if you should ssstay away.
Thanks for joining me and Daisy and all our snake friends.
If you’d like to go an adventure with us every week,
subscribe to the YouTube channel Animal Wonders Montana. Thanks, guys.
大家好 我是杰西 是动物保护组织的负责人