Oklahoma has many different species of snakes. Most are nonpoisonous. The bite of a nonpoisonous snake can cause pain and infection, but is rarely serious. There are three types of poisonous snakes in Oklahoma and their bites can cause serious illness and even death.
- Remove all constrictive clothing, shoes, or jewelry around the bite area.
- If possible, wash the wound with soap and water.
- Keep victim calm. Do not give sedative or alcohol.
- Follow general first aid, except DO NOT apply an ice pack or cold pack to the wound.
- Keep the bite at the level of the heart.
- DO NOT waste time trying to capture or kill the snake.
- DO NOT cut into the wound - this will spread the venom and cause infection.
- DO NOT suck on the wound with your mouth - this will cause infection and little venom will actually be removed.
- DO NOT apply a tourniquet or constricting band - this cuts off the blood supply to the wound.
- PROCEED IMMEDIATELY TO THE HOSPITAL FOR
- EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF POISONOUS SNAKE BITE.