Tips for surviving wounds and illnesses related to animals and bugs.

How to Tell a Vampire Bite From a Poisonous-Snake Bite (And What to Do Once You Know)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. You’re wading through brush when you feel a nip on your ankle. You look down and see a couple of marks, but don’t see what bit you (and it’s better not to go looking since you might get bitten again). Two marks. Fang marks. Have you disturbed a copperhead or was it that Twilight boy taking a nap? […]

By | March 29th, 2012|Critters|17 Comments

7 Surefire Ways to Get a Good Set of Fang Marks

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Reader Barbara writes: One of the obvious dangers of living in the wilderness is being bitten by a snake. What can we do for a snake bite when there is no medical care available—assuming the snake is poisonous? Comfort or treatment suggestions? Yes, Barbara, I have some suggestions. But first things first: You have to get bitten before you need treatment. The thing is, most snake bites happen when people take unsafe risks. They almost act like they want to be bitten. Hmmm … come to think of it, considering you Twilight and True Blood fans … free tattoo? Well, let me tell you, these fang marks cause quite a different reaction than the ones you get from good-looking vampires. Still, to each his own. If Twihards and Truebies want to get a snake bite, let me help!* It’s really a snap. Here’s how: […]

By | March 27th, 2012|Critters, Reader Questions|15 Comments