What are the odds of getting bitten by a poisonous snake?
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.
Page Sponsored By:
Convert to MPEG