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I got bit by a 18" Copperhead on the heel of my right hand when I was 19 yrs old. (Yes, I was playing with it) I immediately sucked the bite and then soaked it in diesel fuel. I worked on a farm and the diesel was handy and seemed like a good idea at the time. It hurt like hell for several days, but there were no other complications. I suspect it was a pretty dry bite because I had been handling him for a little while and I think it was more of a reactionary bite than a defensive one.
Bit above the ankle by a 29" copperhead in my own garage. I was wearing tall rubber boots and my leg was towards the back of the boot. He punctured the boot and venom was on my Levi's. He died by a blow from a hockey stick.
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My hunting buddy was bitten on the ankle by a timber rattler a few years ago. Pain almost made him pass out. In the hospital the leg began swelling from the bite site and slowly worked its way up his leg. They flew in the required antivenin but did not want to use it if possible due to the potential for very serious side effects. But as the swelling made it to the top of his thigh he began to get worried about the boys and told them to go ahead and use the very expensive antivenin. Spent a week in the hospital, two weeks in a wheelchair, and another two weeks on crutches. He is of course now deathly afraid of snakes.
I’ve often wondered how close I have come to unseen snakes over the years while walking hundreds of miles in the sometimes dark woods. How many times maybe a snake has struck out and whacked my knee high boots without me knowing. Reading these posts seems like wearing rubber boots as a matter of course is the right way to go.
While squirrel hunting over 50 years ago, I was struck in the leather boot by a small copperhead as I sat on a log scanning the trees. My boot got struck and I looked down to see the snake strike again. I jumped up and ran a few yards down the ridge when I heard thrashing in the leaves around my left foot and realized the snake's fang had penetrated the leather and was hooked on my boot. I did a "Mexican Hat Dance" on the snake then ripped off my boot and sock to check my ankle which fortunately wasn't penetrated. However, I was bitten by a small copperhead on the leg a few years ago when I stepped on him in the dark while wearing sandals. A trip to the ER, numerous blood pressure checks and no swelling confirmed that it was a dry bite. The ER Doc, who had just recently come to the hospital from Bluefield, W. Va, had seen a lot of copperhead and timber rattler bites and was very concerned about giving me a tetanus booster and kept me in the ER for over 8 hours for observation. The bite site developed a slight infection and I ended up with a small nickel shaped depression on my leg. I really like snakes, have not harmed one in over 45 years, and will catch and relocate both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes whenever necessary.
A man I know didn't want to hassle with snake boots one day while deer hunting from stand and was on his way back in the dark to where he parked and was snake-bitten by a rattler. He spent days in the hospital. The chances of getting bit by a snake are probably less than getting struck by lightning, but I still don't fly kites in electrical storms. If you have snake boots or leggings, wear'em. What put me back in snake boots was when a buddy shot a bird and reached down to grab him while he flopped and an unseen timber rattler struck at the flopping turkey. He hasn't been out of snake boots since then. The rattler struck the wrong animal which wasn't holding a shotgun.
They sound about like a windbreaker when rubbed together. I wore mine under my hunting pants there very light and you’ll forget your wearing them. I ended up getting someone to cover them in soft camo material now I wear them on the outside of pants
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