Though snakes behaviour is not predictable there are simple precautions that one can take and avoid being bitten by a snake, some of these precautions may include:
Avoiding walking in the bushes and grassy areas.
Avoiding walking in the bushes and grassy areas. If possible stick to clear trails while venturing into the bushes or else you can use a tall stick to probe the bushes in front of you but mostly be aware of your surroundings
Always check before sticking your hand into a dark hole
Always check before sticking your hand into a dark hole, a pile of leaves, a bunch of firewood and sometimes inside our houses where we keep our clothes and under our beds before sleeping as the snake may find it conducive to hide in this areas.
Ensuring that our homesteads are well clean and kept
Ensuring that our homesteads are well clean and kept, the hedges well trimmed to avoid bushes which attract a conducive habitat for rodents which in turn attract snakes and this may result to a conflict between you and the snakes
Do not kill the snake
Once in a while we come across snakes we humans tend to kill the snake but it is not advisable to go after the snake as this may result to the snake striking back at you in its defence, therefore when you encounter a snake let it be. Also when you kill one its advised not to try and hand pick the snake as it may still have reflexes and may end up bitting you unexpectedly.
While walking in the dark in snake-infested regions you should have a torch or headlight
As it is well known most snakes are nocturnal and for this matter, it is advisable while walking in the dark in snake-infested regions you should have a torch or headlight in order to light your path so as to avoid stepping on a snake. Also in our houses as we sleep it is of importance to sleep under a well tacked net so to avoid snake bites while sleeping and keep them off your bed.
Wear heavy boots and heavy pants while undertaking activities
Most snake bites reported are mostly in the lower limbs, therefore, it is advisable to wear heavy boots and heavy pants while undertaking activities such as farming, herding and fetching firewood.
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