Do You Know What to Do When You See a Snake? A Slithery Primer

Do You Know What to Do When You See a Snake? A Slithery Primer

Here in Texas there are countless stories of encounters with all kinds of snakes. We have a wide variety of the creatures here in the Lone Star State, some venomous, others not. However, even if you’ve never had a run-in with one, have you ever thought of what you would do if you did? The Bright Side YouTube channel shared a roughly nine-minute video featuring tips and tricks for a snake encounter, and it has garnered more than 2 million views! Apparently, there are a lot of people with the potential to have a run-in with a serpent.

“Unexpectedly coming face-to-face with a snake can be a scary experience. There are some specific signs that can help you to distinguish whether the snake is venomous or not. There are so many species of snakes in the world that there can be certain exceptions. Nevertheless, these are some general differences that you should be aware of,” the video is captioned. Nine times out of 10, a snake is not going to be in a great mood if you come upon it unexpectedly. Regardless of whether it’s venomous or not, you still have the potential for a bite, which wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. Knowing the difference and knowing to keep your distance regardless will help.

Video: YouTube/BRIGHT SIDE

From tips such as looking at the shape of the snake’s head to watching its pupils (we know what you’re thinking… how long is it that you actually anticipate you’ll be making eye contact with a snake…blecht!), there are simple tips that can lead you to a basic determination of whether it’s venomous or not. Checking the space between its eyes, observing its tail and the way it possibly swims can go a long way toward first determining how dangerous it may be. However, the video also provides great steps toward snake-proofing your property and trying to mitigate any personal issues for a snake encounter. For example, are you wearing the right footwear in a notoriously dangerous area? Are you following it when you should leave it be? What are your first steps if you happen to incur a bite unexpectedly?

The Bright Side YouTube channel shares such tips and more in an effort to educate viewers who may not otherwise understand the dangers or how to spot them. Snakes, like any other creatures, are simply trying to survive. If you appear as a threat to that process, you’ll end up on the business end of their defence mechanisms. Know what to do when you see a snake, and your chances of a less-than-freaky encounter will multiply.

Written by Spring Sault