snakebites first-aid

Quiz: Snakebites First-Aid

Summer temperatures and an increase of rain can mean increased snake encounters in Orange County. More rain means more flash floods, which destroy snakes’ homes, forcing them to seek shade and water elsewhere. Rain allows for more vegetation, which allows for more rodents, and – you guessed it- more rodents mean more food for the snakes! We encourage parents to learn how to prevent or treat a snakebite.

For each question, choose the best answer. Then, click through to download the answer key.

  1. Which of the following is a good way to avoid a snakebite?
  1. If you see a snake, make sure to look at it in the eye and display dominance. Stand over it and appear threatening. This will scare it away.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings! Snakes may be swimming in the water or hiding under debris or rocks.
  3. If a snake bites someone, be sure to trap, catch, or kill the snake to prevent it from biting other people.
  4. If you see a snake, ignore it and leave it alone.

2. Which of the following non-venomous (non-poisonous) snakes live(s) in Orange County?

  1. California striped racer
  2. California kingsnake
  3. San Diego gopher snake
  4. All of the above.

3. All of the following are venomous (poisonous) snakes EXCEPT:

  1. Red coachwhip

red coachwhip

b. Southern Pacific rattlesnake

southern pacific rattlesnake

c. Red Diamond rattlesnake

red diamond rattlesnake

d. Southwestern Speckled rattlesnake

southwestern speckled rattlesnake

4. Which of the following are good first-aid techniques for snakebites?

  1. Keep the person still and calm.
  2. Call 911 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  3. Remove jewelry or restrictive clothing from the affected limb.
  4. Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.
  5. Give the person a Coke or Pepsi. Apply a tourniquet, then slash the wound with a knife, suck out the venom, and apply ice.
  6. A, B, C, and D
  7. All of the above.

5. How should you position the bite wound in relation to the person’s body?

  1. Elevate the bitten area above the heart.
  2. Keep the bitten area at the same level as the heart.
  3. Lower the bitten area below the level of the heart.

6. What are some helpful details to remember about the snake?

  1. The color of the snake.
  2. The shape of its head.
  3. Whether or not it had a rattle.
  4. All of the above.
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