Idaho Rattlesnakes


 According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about 8,000 people a year receive venomous bites in the United States, and only 9 to 15 victims die. In fact more people die from wasp and bee stings than from snake bites.

Western Rattler Courtesy of Roadbuilder    The only poisonous snake found in Idaho is the Rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes bite their victims with fangs that are hinged to swing downward from the snake's upper jaw. Venom is injected into the victim through grooves along the fangs. The amount and toxicity of venom determine the danger to the victim. A baby rattlesnake can be more lethal than a grown snake. While the adult may preserve its venom when it strikes, a baby rattlesnake tends to unleash all of its venom because it is inexperienced.

    The Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)  Makes its home in Idaho at elevations up to 11,000 feet. It is dark, sometimes almost black in color, with dark oval patterns on its back and a lighter underside, and has a banded tail. It can reach lengths of 5 feet or more, and is most active during the day.



Avoiding Snakes


Snakebite First Aid

    Not all Rattlesnake bites result in the injection of venom. However,  the Rattlesnake's mouth is very unsanitary,  and infection is always a concern. 

    All Rattlesnake bites are dangerous, and the victim should seek immediate medical attention. The severity of the danger depends on the age, size, and health of the victim, how allergic they are to the venom, area of the bite (near vital organs are most dangerous), amount of venom injected, and first aid given. A person will normally know within the first thirty minutes how serious a bite is. 


Seek Emergency Medical Care!

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