Thursday, June 1, 2023


Have you ever been bitten by a poisonous or venomous snake?

As RVers, we spend a lot of time outdoors. And, we also spend a lot of time in states where there are plenty of snakes. And even snakes that are poisonous or venomous!

On any of your travels or throughout your life have you ever been bitten by a poisonous or venomous snake? If so, has it happened more than once?

If you answer yes, after you vote will you please leave a comment and share the story with us? We can imagine it would be quite terrifying!

Here’s an article from a couple of years ago about venomous snakes… don’t make these mistakes! And also, don’t forget your pets! They’re easy targets for snake bites.


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1 month ago

Yes, My ex-wife

1 month ago

Copperhead in WV in 1953, 12 years old. Got treatment. While living in Thailand after working all night in the control tower, came home went to bed and was awakened, by the next door neighbors’ screams. Got up to hear my wife say she had a snake in her house. Got dressed and went and looked, sure enough, she had a King Cobra shedding it’s skin under her couch. Long bamboo pole and slowly coaxed it out. Could have been a bad day.

Diane M
1 month ago

No, but a neighbor was bitten on the hand by a large copperhead when she reached into her outside dryer vent to remove lint. She didn’t get medical attention right away, and the venom led to health problems that eventually killed her.

1 month ago

Snake bites are not uncommon. A good many are by poisonous snakes that have eaten and venom was depleted, not injecting venom. A very good thing.
my wife was bitten by a small scorpion. She developed the characteristic cone shaped bump and the skin around the bite was hot enough to cook eggs on her arm. The pain was excruciating. Nothing compared to a snake bite injection in venom.

Roy Davis
1 month ago

Seriously? Do those making up these surveys even know the likelihood of being bitten by a poisonous snake? 40,965 to 1. Maybe they should have asked how many were struck by lighten. Those odds are only 1 in 15,300.

1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

I found it interesting as a reminder how rarely this happens

Dave Green
1 month ago

I’ve had many rattlesnake encounters over the years here in SoCal, but no bites. My Strava picture is one passing by the front tire on my stopped bike while I stand very still. On cool days they will stop, stretch across the trail and bask when they feel the sun. If I’m hiking, I’ll use one of my poles to tickle their ribs. They usually, groggily, wake up and leave the trail.

1 month ago

Was horse riding up a narrow trail when I saw a rattlesnake start to cross the trail. When the horse stopped the rattlesnake was directly under me. The rattlesnake wanted to get away from us as much as we wanted him gone. He went on his way and coiled up under some sagebrush and then rattled. The horse was curious about the rattling as I don’t think he had ever seen a rattlesnake before. We just rode on and nobody got bitten.

Bob P
1 month ago

Almost, back in 1962 at Camp Pendleton Marine base I almost stepped on a rattle snake sunning itself in a depression on the ground. The training area had been burned off to eliminate snakes but the fire had burned across this depression leaving unburned short grass for the snake. I was looking at my compass and just caught a glimpse of the snake, I froze. All we had was blank ammunition and that’s when I found that blanks can kill. My fire team opened fire with their M-1’s using blanks and cut the snake to pieces with the cardboard plug in the bullet. It can be deadly.

1 month ago

Copperhead on bottom of foot. Was barefoot in yard and didn’t see it. After strike I looked around very carefully to find the cause of the pain because I thought I had stepped on a nail. Showed it to my wife and she said it looked like a snakebite. Went back to area and found the snake in the grass. Killed it and took it with me to the hospital. Worse pain I have ever experienced.

Larry Boswell
1 month ago

Copperhead near Scott City MO in 1950. Spent one night in the hospital at Cape Girardeau. I was 9 years old.

Bob M
1 month ago

I hate snakes, didn’t realize you didn’t need to go to emergency room for copperhead.

Bob M
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob M

If you get bitten by a copperhead you should get medical attention immediately. Children should get medical attention no matter what kind of snake bite they get and those with compromised health issues.

1 month ago

Snake bite no. But again I don’t get close enough I am always on the look out. Scared to death of snakes.

David Stansbury
1 month ago

Got bit on my big toe on our walkway in front of the house. Only one fang got me; that’s all it took. Killed it right away. It was dark, and I thought it was a copperhead. Poisonous, but not deadly. You don’t really need the ER for a copperhead bite. By morning, my leg was so swollen I couldn’t walk. It was frickin’ horrible! Went out and looked at the snake in the light, and it was a pygmy rattler! Called my doctor friend at the ER, he said it was too late for anti-venom. Very long story short- on crutches when I could get up and in bed for 3 weeks. No real after effects though.

David Stansbury
1 month ago

I’ve also been stung by a scorpion. That one wasn’t very fun either; more like a bee sting. Right in the arch of my foot.

Paul B.
1 month ago

I don’t know of any poisonous snakes, as I think they’re all edible. Just cut off the head, skin and bone ’em, then batter and fry the little morsels.

1 month ago
Reply to  Paul B.

Perfect. Thanks.

Scott R. Ellis
1 month ago

Your question is only about venomous snakes . . .

1 month ago

Just don’t play with snakes.

Tom H.
1 month ago
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