You’re camping and need to start a fire, so you go looking for wood. You pick up a branch and feel a sharp pain in your hand. A snake slithers away into tall grass.

You won’t always be able to identify the type of snake that bit you. And, to tell the truth, you really don’t need to waste a lot of time looking. Yes, it would be great to know whether it’s venomous, but how much of the snake can you see in the tall grass? That is, if you find it. And if you mess with it too much, you’re liable to get another bite.

Fortunately, the bite you’ve sustained can give you some good clues. Here’s an excerpt from my new book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

Learn how to try to minimize the damage from a venomous snakebite—even when you’re alone in the woods with no access to help—in my new book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. Ask for it wherever books are sold.