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Avoiding Snake Bites On the Trail

I have an unhealthy “concern” of snakes while out on the trail – especially this time of year. I thank my mom for this and the image of several dead rattlers on our front porch when I was a child not to mention two occasions when kings snakes got into my childhood home via the fire place. Statistically the odds of being snake bitten are pretty slim while on the trail and if you are like me the greater danger is cardiac arrest or bumping my head on rocks or trees while jumping around shrieking like a mad man at the sight of one. However, in the event of a snake sighting on the trail (and you will see them this time of year) there are steps that can be taken to prevent biting that every hiker should be aware of and incorporate into their hiking. (more…)