Rattlesnake bite kills camper in western PA

Discussion in 'Campsite Security & Safety' started by vagov, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. vagov

    vagov Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    Pittsburgh, Pa
  2. natty bumppo

    natty bumppo 2009 F-150,1998 Coleman Westlake

    Jun 22, 2008
    Pilot Moutain,NC
    Although tragic more people die from spider bites each year than snake bites. ,

    Copy and paste from ,https://historylist.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/human-deaths-in-the-us-caused-by-animals/

    Bee stings are the largest killer of humans in the U.S. directly caused by animals. An allergic reaction to the venom is bee’s kills 53 people per year. This number is increasing every year due to the aggressive African honey bee that is taking over in Texas.

    The Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders kill 6.5 people per year. They are usually young children that do not get medical attention right away.

    Rattlesnakes carry venom that kill 5.5 people per year.

    "Life's short,shorter for some than others." Augustus McCrea
  3. BarbaraFaith

    BarbaraFaith New Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Brings to mind a raunchy joke, but I can't post it here.
  4. edh

    edh Active Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Actually, the animal most dangerous to humans in the US (not counting microorganisms and other humans) is deer, asuing you count fatal car-deer collisions. Assuming basic care is taken re ledges, snakes, etc, driving to and from the camp will always be the most dangerous part of the trip.

    An epi pen is cheap insurance that could save a life; you may have been stung a dozen times without an allergic reaction and then have an anaphylactic response the next time. Ditto for CPR and first aid training. Carrying a mirror & good whistle can make a big difference, too; sometimes it all comes down to how quickly you can get help; I never hikeven backcountry without those.

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