How to know if you’re in danger from a snake
Posted On July 21, 2021
People who live near a snake are at increased risk of catching a bite if they get bitten by it, according to a new study.
The study, published online in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at how much snakebite-related deaths occur within the U.S. and found that the percentage of people who get bitten more than once increases with distance from the snake.
A person can be bitten multiple times by a snake within a single day, so there is no definitive way to tell if a person has a bite.
“We didn’t know if people are more likely to die of snakebite if they live closer to the snake,” said study co-author Daniel Wahlgren, an associate professor of public health at Columbia University.
The researchers looked at all U.N. reports of snakebites from 1998 to 2016.
They identified 10,936 people who died as a result of snake bites and 7,543 who survived.
They compared the snakebite deaths with the number of deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the same time period.
The U.K. and the Netherlands reported the highest rates of snake bite deaths, at 6.6 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively.
The overall rate was 5.6.
“The U.B.I. [U.S.] and Netherlands are the only countries in the world where the death rate for snakes is higher than that for humans,” Wahlstrom said.
The average life expectancy for a snakebite victim is about two years.
The number of snake deaths in the U: 0.07 people per million populationThe average life-expectancy for a person who is bitten by a live python: 2.5 yearsThe number of snakes that survive to be bitten by another snake: 17,500 The U, however, has a lower rate of snake-bite deaths than many other nations.
For example, the rate of deaths due to snakebite in Spain is only about 0.08 deaths per million people.
However, there are several countries where the snake-biting rate is higher.
For instance, in China, the number is 10 times higher than the United States, at about 4.4 snake-bites per million.
The United States is not far behind, with a rate of about 1.3 snake- bites per million in the population.
“In most other developed countries, snake- bite rates are about a tenth of the U,” Wachter said.
“But in the United Kingdom, we have one of the lowest rates of deaths from snakebite, even though the population is relatively small.
In the U, the death-rate for snakebite is more than twice the deathrate for human fatalities.”
The United Kingdom has been using snakes as a natural deterrent against human predators, but a lack of information about how often snakes are used to deter humans from killing them has been a major concern.
Wahlberg said there are no hard numbers on how many snakes people use to deter predators, only anecdotal reports.
“If we had better data, we could make educated guesses, but it’s not something we can do right now,” he said.
Wachters study also found that people who live in the southwestern United States and eastern Europe are more than five times more likely than people who are in the northern hemisphere to get bitten.
“Across Europe and the U [North] the rate is about 5 to 10 times the global rate,” Wahters said.