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Old 06-09-2008, 06:25 AM
 
Location: florida
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I always thought if possible, the advice would be to tourniquet the area.

(and I thought the cutting and sucking out the venom was a joke I remember from middle school... )

Since the venom is (i think) only a tiny amount it would seem that cutting open would allow it to perhaps absorb into tissues more quickly due to greater surface area...

I don't know the official word but I do recall part of it being cutting off the blood flow, and to keep your heart rate down to avoid quick spreading of whatever is freely circulating in the bloodstream...

It may be outdated advice, though.

NO SUCKING..it is not advised. Your mouth absorbs a lot and you can absorb the venom from your mouth. Best advice call 911 and use a tourniguet, stay calm (I would quietly freak out)
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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In the Roane County News (which has really turned into quite a resource for us! lol) there's an article called "Snakes Alive" here:

http://www.lcni5.com/pages/specialse...reation/15.pdf

The statistics are VERY interesting, help put things in perspective, and should certainly put at ease anyone who's expecting to be killed by a venomous snake in Eastern Tennessee!
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I am in northern middle Tennessee and the other night when I was taking the dogs out for their good-night potty I almost walked into a baby copperhead who was chilling out on our cement driveway. It saw me before I saw it. It was still and for a moment I was still, then I started walking in the other direction, and it slithered off into the closest clump of tall grass. Luckily the dogs chose not to pursue it.
All it all, it couldn't have played out better, but it still shook me a bit. I am not a native, and have always been terrified of snakes. I haven't seen any more since and I sincerely hope it stays that way!
We live in a 10 year old home in a subdivision in the "city" - but our back yard ends in woods.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I have a question. My family has been wanting to go to the Land Between the Lakes and get in the water. We would be taking a boat. I grew up on a lake (in Wisconsin), and I love the water, but part of me is TOTALLY freaked out about getting in the water because of the snakes. Can anyone give me the real deal about the snakes I would find (or rather, the snakes that would find me) in the water - especially away from the shore line?? I would really appreciate some good, accurate (first hand?) information.
Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Madtown
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I have a question. My family has been wanting to go to the Land Between the Lakes and get in the water. We would be taking a boat. I grew up on a lake (in Wisconsin), and I love the water, but part of me is TOTALLY freaked out about getting in the water because of the snakes. Can anyone give me the real deal about the snakes I would find (or rather, the snakes that would find me) in the water - especially away from the shore line?? I would really appreciate some good, accurate (first hand?) information.
Thanks!
Tennessee, read carefully through the concurrent 'scary things in WI' thread.
This issue is addressed accurately.

The two creatures in WI that pose hazards to numbers of citizens are mosquitoes and ticks.
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Mountain West
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There are no poisonous snakes in Tennessee. Or the entire world for that matter...
I understand the point you are trying to make, however........
try telling that to anyone who has been bitten by one.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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What is this rascal? Saw him in the Chattanooga area...



He was at least 4 feet long.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Mountain West
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What is this rascal? Saw him in the Chattanooga area...
Looks like a king snake to me. One of the best to have around.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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Exclamation cross bred snakes...

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No, I'm not pulling your chain, just relaying a message that was told to me. I'm sure the possibility exists....


yes, its more than possible. have myself seen the copperhead/timber rattler crossbreed. and have heard of the rattler/black snake cross and been told that their venom is impure and there is no anti-venom yet? not 100% sure on that but i can say for sure they are cross-breeding!!!
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California
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Just have like 20 large cats running around and you will be fine. lol
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