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Snake Safety Tips for Kids

Snake Safety tips for kids helps reinforce snake safety with our free printable. Smaller kids can use this to learn how to avoid snakes before you leave on your camping or RV road trip.  Kids are naturally curious and often get into trouble because of it.  Teaching them before they get into a potentially dangerous situation is a good thing. Some of the snakes they come across won’t hurt them at all, but unless they know the difference, they can be seriously hurt.  Look below for some tips on snake safety and a link to our Snake Safety Coloring Page.

Rattlesnake Safety

Rattlesnake Safety Tios

 

Rattlesnakes are the most dangerous snakes, although the coral snake (found in Arizona and New Mexico) is the most lethal.  You won’t find Rattlesnakes up in very high elevations like the Colorado Rockies, but you will find them throughout most of the Western States at lower elevations.  They do live in other states as well, but mostly they’re in the Southwest and Mexico.  The rattle on the tail is the most distinctive characteristic as well as the shape of their head.  Baby Rattlesnakes look similar to the adults but they don’t have their rattles yet, are smaller, and usually thinner. 

 

 

A couple quick facts for Rattlesnake Safety:

  • Rattlesnakes are more active at night than during the heat of the day.
  • Snakes hibernate and come out in the Spring.
  • Snakes hide in cool spots, or can be found sunning themselves on a rock.
  • If you leave your shoes outside, look inside them before putting them on.
  • Use caution when reaching into  dark or shady areas, like under a bush or rock.
  • A snake can strike twice so if bitten move away from it and stay calm.
  • Forget about sucking out poison, putting ice on the bite, or applying tourniquets, but do keep the bite area down from the heart.
  • Call 911 if bitten or after a minute or so of calming down, letting the bite bleed naturally, and removing tight fitting clothes or jewelry around the bite (because it will hurt and swell), go to the nearest hospital. 
  • If you see a snake coiled and hissing-beware and back away!  It might be a baby Rattler.

 

A good way to teach Rattlesnake Safety is with pictures.  Field Guides are great because you can carry them with you, but each state has their own snakes and field guides, so teaching the basics will work anywhere you travel.  Click on this picture to get a children’s book about rattlesnakes.  Before camping or RVing in a new area, go over your field guide, or book,  with your kids and get them acquainted with the snakes in the area.  You would be surprised at how many snakes there are in different states.  This is also a good time to use the Rattlesnake Free Printable for kids that we made. You can use it for a teaching tool, or you can buy one of these kid friendly books about snakes.

 

 

The coral snake is very pretty and looks similar to the non-poisonous King Snake. Teach kids the rhyme that could save their lives.

Red Touches Black Venom Lack.
Red Touches Yellow Kills a Fellow.

 

 

Have fun camping, and remember snakes won’t attack you, but will bite if threatened.     Stay on trails and be aware during snake season.

 

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