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How to Survive a Rattlesnake Bite | National Geographic

How to Survive a Rattlesnake Bite | National Geographic



A bite from a rattlesnake can be lethal, but most snakebite victims survive their encounter. Do you know what to do if a rattlesnake bites you?
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  1. Two things need to be done. No 1, high voltage from spark plugs. No 2, drink lot of alcohol. If you don't have any of these, then you will die.

  2. and don't you dare hurt a rattler they are protected by the game wardens

  3. Keeping the bite above your heart would slow the spread, not below. I could be wrong here, but I don't think I am.

  4. If a venomous snake bites you just killed than the venom will died out to in a few minutes simple

  5. I thought if u touch rattlesnake body you'll be poisoned

  6. Wow, Natgeo, This video was terrible. I understand that in this era, Many ppl have phones to call, But that’s not always the case. What happens when someone is bit while out hiking and miles away from civilization? I came here to find out how to help them if that were the scenario. What can I do to help ensure their survival?!
    Perhaps I could run the miles on end, Get in my car and flag someone down to have them call, But what if they don’t have a phone either? By the time I run those miles (I am athletic and can run a mile in under 7 minutes) I will have already wasted 21-30 minutes and maybe more just to get to the car. Then another 10 minutes driving to civilization, Then what? I know immobilizing the bite zone isn’t the only thing I can do.

    I bring this up because an ex gf and myself were out hiking one day and we were far secluded from civilization and came across a Rattlesnake that lunged at me and caught my boot and luckily didn’t get any skin, But it But my boot and that was very near fatal experience. I always wonder what would’ve happened had I been bit. No offense to my gf, But I don’t think she would have made it back to our car, And been able to have gotten help in a timely manner. We had already hiked a few hours, So running back would have taken maybe an hour. I most likely would have died on te trail that day. During that time, What could I have done to increase my chances of survival?!

  7. I was bitten by a juvenile eastern diamondback rattlesnake at 9 years old. I was about an hour drive from the nearest hospital. I survived (obviously). 🙂

  8. I could've sworn I saw that same clip of the rattlesnake striking in one of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's titantrons at 0:33

  9. good thing i live in Toronto

  10. i have such bad luck when it comes to encountering rattlesnakes, i have stepped on 1, stepped OVER 3 more… found one when i was rock climbing once a good 150 feet up on a crevace with a small cave, talk about nerve racking ugh but i have never been bit.. they were even coiled up

  11. Thanks for the tips Captain obvious….. "Call 911" GREATTTTTT.

  12. What if you are in the middle of nowhere and you get bit do you just find a way to end yourself or do is there a certain way to survive it without a hospital

  13. Just got bit 12 days ago! Venom hit within minutes…. all good though!

  14. This is known as bullshit advise.

  15. If only a handful of people die from rattle bites each year, and I can't even fit 1 person into my hand, does that mean 0 people die?

  16. If a snake bites you, bite it back. Simple as that

  17. You're using venom and poison as synonyms. They are not.

  18. Fine and dandy if you have a phone… What if you are out in the middle of no where.. No phone service, and a long way from any help.. then what do you do?

  19. you keep the bitten part of your body above the heart because the blood will not pump up to the wound

  20. Call 911. And that's how you survive the rattlesnake's bite.

  21. Why would you wanna suck out the venom with you're mouth? You don't want it in your bloodstream that's only in movies

  22. God, National Geographic used to be my favorite before it turned to this flashy garbage.

  23. the asshole that almost bite me 2 days ago didn't rattle at all. I saw him while he was inching forward my ankle in the S position. Probably moved my leg within seconds of being bit. Fucking GNAR ahaha

  24. I'm no expert but have probably had a dozen encounters and I have to say they will do all they can to get away from the situation. In fact I caught a rattler one time with a forked stick. When I let it go it took off very quickly BUT as if to show me who's boss it quickly turned back towards me and could've bit me but didn't. Just as quickly it took off into the bush. When living in Arizona I learned to carry with me some charcoal. Doing as they say in this video plus if you can apply charcoal (powdered) to the bite will buy you some time to get proper attention. Also for the remote chance you can't get attention within a day we learned to carry powdered echanacea with us. Applied to the bite after several hours of charcoal applications the echanacea among other things will keep infection from setting in. I'd like to know if anyone knows any plants that make good rapid response. I am by no means not suggesting medical attention just tips to buy you time and perhaps preventing tissue damage.til you get to ER.

  25. I already know I don't need to watch videos

  26. Omg go to the hospital to survive how do they think of this!!!!

  27. Hahah how you survive is kill them fucker before it bites you

  28. Hey i was just bitten by a rattlesnake, im lookin what to do on my phone, erm, i was kinda, bit on my heart- chest area, while i was trying to re- enact my fanfiction.

  29. What's fucked up is they sound Alot like locusts!!! And out in the country you hear that shit everywhere so you already assume that's what it is…until one fucking pops out and tries to take a bite!

  30. I surprised one under some sage brush and he struck at me and missed my boot by 6 inches..i jumped back and lit his ass up with my 7mm

  31. if you want survive, don't touch them

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