The Getting Bitten By a Poisonous Snake.
 

THE ODDS OF GETTING BITTEN
BY A POISONOUS SNAKE

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What are the odds of getting bitten by a poisonous snake?

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Many people, especially those that spend a great deal of time hiking and fishing in wooden areas, are especially scared of being bitten by a poisonous snake. But what are the actual odds of this happening?

The chances of being bit by a poisonous snake are not as great as people tend to think. This is largely because in the United States, there are 115 species of different snakes and of these, only 20 are actually poisonous. The numbers are of course different for different countries but there is generally a much smaller population of poisonous snakes than populations of snakes that are perfectly harmless.

The actual probability of being bit by a poisonous snake is 1 in 36 million. And that’s only if you give the snake reason to bite you. Snakes don’t generally chase people, just for a chance to inject venom into their body. The majority of people who have been bitten by snakes are those that have tried to pick up the snake, or kill it. If snakes are simply left alone, they are most likely to continue with their own business, rather than concerning themselves with yours.


The Getting Bitten By a Poisonous Snake.

 The Getting Bitten By a Poisonous Snake.

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