Tips for Avoiding (and Getting Rid of) Rattlesnakes

Get rid of rattlesnakes and avoid getting bitten with a few precautionary tips.
By Shirly G. Wade
March/April 1974
Add to My MSN

Common kingsnakes eat rattlesnakes, and are not venomous themselves.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ RUSTY DODSON


Content Tools

Related Content

Not Welcome in My Bed: How to Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are taking over America. You can prevent them naturally.  

Can an Egg Timer Motivate You to Get Work Done?

Many people waste too much time each trying to get motivated to work. As a result, they get a lot le...

Ditch the Itch: Get Rid of Poison Ivy Plants

Get rid of poison ivy plants in your yard by following these instructions. Just don’t forget to prot...

Natural Antibacterials: Get Triclosan and Other Nasty Chemicals Out of Your Home for Good!

Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. H...

Back in the November/December 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, E.G. Gordon, a recent emigrant to the Oregon hills from the sidewalks of Los Angeles, asked what he should do to stay healthy in rattlesnake territory. Here are a few suggestions:  

[1] Any king snakes you find around the house and or barn should be encouraged. They'll eat a few eggs or small chicks . . . but they also prey on rattlesnakes.

[2] Most cats and dogs don't care for snakes and will therefore alert you to such a creature's presence. Dogs, however, often get bitten. Guinea hens are supposed to be excellent "snakers" as well as top-notch watch birds

[3] If you're walking in a rattler-infested area, wear long trousers and knee-high boots.

[4] Never put your hands under or into anything if you can't see what else might be there.

[5] Carry - and use - a 4 or 5-foot pole to probe any brush or high grass you go through. The said stick (or a frog gig) can also be very handy for banging snakes to death or for pushing them away from you.

[6] Bullwhips (6-12 feet long) are most effective reptile killers . . . if you're experienced in their handling. Such a whip can be used for cutting, popping or "roping" as with a lariat, but only after a lot of practice.

[7] Stop if you think you hear a rattler. Stand absolutely still until you can see where the sound comes from or otherwise ascertain whether or not there's a snake nearby. Remember, though, this species doesn't always give warning (and other pit vipers can't).

[8] If you spot one snake, watch for another. I've seen plenty of rattlers and never more than one at a time, but it's good to remember this old wives tale . . . just in case.

[9] Out in the countryside, carry a snakebite kit and know how to use it. Specific emergency treatment is covered in most field manuals, survival guides and first aid booklets.

[10] If the worst happens, stay cool and don't panic. A rattler's bite usually isn't deadly . . . but it's not to be taken lightly, either. Get treatment as soon as possible.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.