July 16 is World Snake Day! Even though they aren’t usually the most beloved of animals, it’s hard to imagine nature without them. But what if you suddenly encounter one in the wild? How do I behave?
Our snakes never attack directly
The native Tyrolean snakes do not attack directly, but they may flee in our direction.
If you end up being bitten, you have almost nothing to fear in Tyrol. Especially a bite of one adding species is harmless and almost always painless. In most cases, no infection or inflammation is to be expected.
poisonous snake, such as the European horned viper (sand viper), are rarely found in Tyrol. the adder however, is seen more often. If you are looking for berries or mushrooms, you have to be careful, because the viper likes to hide in dwarf shrubs such as heather, juniper or blueberries. Who is it? sand viper encountered (if so, then in East Tyrol) must keep a safe distance of at least half a meter.
Besides the very painful swelling of the bitten body part, more serious health consequences (mainly kidney damage) often only appear a few days later after a bite. Therefore, a doctor or hospital should be consulted.
If you are not looking for mushrooms or berries, but a Mountain hiking is on the move, he is safe from snake bites with sturdy shoes and long pants. When traversing dense vegetation such as pine fields, it may be helpful to use a stick to cut down any branches that are in the way.
By the way, anyone who removes a snake from their garden and wants to “move” it does so unnecessarily. A snake never lives alone, usually only a fraction of the population can be observed.
But how do you behave properly when you meet a snake?
Basically, when you encounter a snake: Keep calm and stay still or back up slowly. It is also good to get noticed by vibrating the floor (bumping). Snakes hear nothing acoustically, they take everything through them ground vibrations true. This gives the snake the opportunity to escape. Snakes will not attack people unless they feel threatened.
If you’re crossing confusing terrain, you can probe with a long stick. Solid, closed shoes and long pants should be worn.
If the snake does not run away and displays threatening behavior (hissing, rattling, rearing up in the case of cobras), this should be taken seriously and avoided. The snake do not irritate, trap or touch. Even though they’re supposedly dead. Snakes can still bite hours after death through muscle reflexes.
What if the snake bites?
Throughout Austria there is a 40 snakebite caseswho are treated as inpatients in the hospital.
Anyone bitten by a non-venomous snake will receive a small, slightly painful puncture wound. However, if the bite causes you to panic, you may feel nauseous and your heart may race.
Those experiencing increased symptoms should hold the bitten arm or leg lower than the region of the heart. keep calm and remove any jewelry or tight clothing from the bite site.
What’s more harmful: put a bandage or put an ice pack on the bite site.
How can I help snakes?
Austrian snakes are endangered because they are often fought through ignorance and fear and have high demands on their habitat because: Reptiles need mating and egg-laying places, hunting grounds, shelters and hiding places such as hibernation quarters. If only one part disappears, it can lead to the extinction of an entire population.
With a natural garden you can support the snakes, they will thank you by reducing pests such as mice, rats and snails. Because moist, warm compost piles are ideal for egg laying, you should definitely postpone rearranging and removal until fall. They constantly get into trouble, are caught by mowers or become entangled in nets from which they can no longer extricate themselves.
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