Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1985


An overview is given as to the various types of poisonous snakes and how to distinguish them from each other, what happens to the human snakebite victim, and how the layman and the physicican may prepare and handle this type of emergency. The method of snakebite treatment described is based on clinical experience with over 700 people bitten by poisonous snakes over the last 30 years. Numerous case histories are used to illustrate the points being made. This method of treatmet has been widely accepted and used throughout the world.