Questions on Snake

What to do Immediately

According to the American Red Cross, these steps should be taken:

  • Wash the bite with soap and water.
  • Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the level of heart.
  • Get medical help.


  • No ice or any other type of cooling on the bite. Research has shown this to be potentially harmful.
  • No tourniquets. This cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of the affected limb.
  • No electric shock. This method is under study and has yet to be proven effective. It could harm the victim.
  • No incisions in the wound. Such measures have not been proven useful and may cause further injury.


A patient bitten by a cobra or krait if not dead in 2 hours will probably recover rapidly. A patient bitten by a viper is in danger for a much longer time.


Snake Bite

Features of poisonous & non-poisonous snakes

Features of Poisonous & Non Poisonous Snakes


Non Poisonous Snakes
Head - Rounded
Fangs - Not present
Pupils - Rounded
Anal Plate - Double row of plates
Bite Mark - Row of small teeth.


Poisonous Snakes
Head - Triangle - except Cobra
Fangs - Present
Pupils - Elliptical pupil
Anal Plate - Single row of plates
Bite Mark - Fang Mark

Approximately 2500 different species of snakes are known. Approximately 20 % of the total number of the snake species are poisonous.
Many of these snakes are studied all across the world by those in a classroom, on the web pursuing their online degrees or in a laboratory. New species of snakes are still being discovered and those who put their knowledge towards this effort are helping to identify the poisonous species from the non poisonous.