What To Do If A Rattlesnake Bites You

Hello again everyone.

Since we are just about ready to head out west on our 2016 Teton/Yellowstone Tour, I thought it would be appropriate to give you some advice in case you should be bitten by a rattlesnake.

  • First, when you feel the bite, freak the hell out and let everyone know immediately that you have been struck by the beastly snake.
  • Point at the snake so everyone knows what direction not to run.
  • Look for swelling and large, bloody or dark-colored blisters forming in the bite area, which mean the bite was venomous (and if you don’t get your ass to the hospital, you are going to die). Some bites are dry, with no venom injected (yeah, right).
  • Call 911 (if you can) and get to the hospital as soon as possible.  Do not suck on the wound, no matter where it is.  Do not cry “I want my mommy!”
  • Keep calm and gently immobilize the bitten limb (tight, but not too tight).
  • Remove all jewelry, watches and any other constricting clothing near the affected area and give it to one of your friends as a gift. (You might not survive.)


As you can see, rattlesnakes are nasty looking guys, so don’t go stepping on them or tease them.  They’ll bite your ass … and then what are you going to do?  That’s right, refer to my list above!

Oh, yeah, and one last thing.  Thanks you Gary Nafis for such a nice photo of a rattlesnake.  I understand that he survived the photoshoot.

Stay tuned.

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