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I ride in rattle snake territory and was wondering what type of first aid kit to bring. I stay away from them, but I almost ran over a rattler sun bathing in the middle of a tight trail. I did the bunny hop thing and cleared it, but realizing at mid-air that it was a stupid move. Next time, I may not be so lucky. Any suggestion what to do if bitten?
 

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Yeah man you have to be careful. A rattlesnake can strike the length of half its body which is very dangerous. As you will have less of a chance to get outta the way. In other words don't try to bunny hop a 4 or 5 footer. As far as what 1st aid kit? Well that depends on what rattler you are encountering. Find out what rattle snake is in your area and adapt your 1st aid kit to that.
 

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AFAIK, snake bite kits don't do jack sh!t. Some even say that they do more harm than good.
your best friend in that case is a cell phone and a call to 911
 

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highdelll said:
AFAIK, snake bite kits don't do jack sh!t. Some even say that they do more harm than good.
your best friend in that case is a cell phone and a call to 911
I have to agree. The best snakebite kit is actually your hydration pack and cell phone. If you get bitten take off your hydration pack. Use the strap to tie off where you got bitten. Pull out cell phone. Call 911, and wait for the fire rescue. Don't exert yourself as you wait for help.
 

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jepp said:
I did the bunny hop thing and cleared it, but realizing at mid-air that it was a stupid move.
I've hopped over them before too. That is certainly the best option when you don't have time to stop well away from them.

FWIW, I'm more worried about killer bees than I am about snakes.
 

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uhh, yeah...who really rides with a gun... and why do you need to shoot snakes? :confused:
(BTW - I have a CCW - if that means anything)
 

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There's a lot of anacondas where I ride. What do I do if one tries to eat me? Also, last time It tried to bunny hop one I went over the bars and really hurt my teeth.

 

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Kinda OT, but people that know me, know use a ******* phrase "jump'n snakes" when I find something pretty crazy...

Was riding the Wednesday night and actually saw a snake get 100% air when it very quickly went to x-scape off the trail and into the bush, only there was no bush, just a steep hillside. It didn't really jump, but it hauled enough arse that it got air.

It weren't no rattle'n snake tho

Anyway...
 

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QUOTE=Biohazard74]I have to agree. The best snakebite kit is actually your hydration pack and cell phone. If you get bitten take off your hydration pack. Use the strap to tie off where you got bitten. Pull out cell phone. Call 911, and wait for the fire rescue. Don't exert yourself as you wait for help.[/QUOTE]

FAIL

You can't treat all bites the same. Here in AZ if you apply a torniquet to a limb that was bitten by a rattlesnake, it does more harm than good.
Check with you local herpatological society. (nothing to do with herpes)
 

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highdelll said:
uhh, yeah...who really rides with a gun...
Why wouldn't you? Doing urban riding, I've ran into my fair share of crazy homeless people and "interesting" characters. Out in the woods, Id be worried about 4 legged critters as well.
 

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Why wouldn't you? Doing urban riding, I've ran into my fair share of crazy homeless people and "interesting" characters. Out in the woods, Id be worried about 4 legged critters as well.
well, it's pretty useless and heavy in the back of my pack IMO
-I'm not looking to start a debate that gets this sent to the bin tho. ;)
 

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well, it's pretty useless and heavy in the back of my pack IMO
-I'm not looking to start a debate that gets this sent to the bin tho. ;)
Thats why you dont keep it in a backpack. here is a very compact pistol that you can keep in a pocket that is very discreet. It is pretty accurate to boot!
 

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Thats why you dont keep it in a backpack. here is a very compact pistol that you can keep in a pocket that is very discreet. It is pretty accurate to boot!
looks reasonable - my 1911 is a tank! ;)
 

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I'd suggest using the water to wash off the bite site just in case there is any venom on the surface.

As for snakeshot, it typically won't function an autoloader and may not feed well when hand cycled so you might be better off with a revolver if you are planning on using it.
 
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