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EMERGENCY SNAKE BITE FIRST AID


Please Read First Aid Page from Universidad de Costa Rica!

Links CREnglish or CRSpanish <(images from links below)

 

 

 

3 venomous species in Guanacaste

A biologist nearby said "Here in Guanacaste there are only 3 species of venomous snakes"
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Central America Rattlesnake Snake    CRCrotalus simus   Babies look like adults.
 


Slender Hognosed Pitviper   CRPorthidium ophryomegas



-Central America Coral Snake   CRMicrurus nigrocinctus

Prepare what to do in an emergency

Make list what to do.
- CALL 911
- Get transportation to hospital
- Assume snake is venomous .  Even if it is not venomous, it must be treated to prevent other problems.
- Go to "First Aid" page on University of Costa Rica. Here are the links:  CREnglish or CRSpanish
- Take a bottle of water for patient if you can QUICKLY.
- Go to hospital that has anti-venom.  (Biologist says Nicoya and Liberia.  Hopefully, someone is with you and keep calling while you are in transport.)

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CRUniversidad de Costa Rica: (taken from images below that are from the  CRUniversidad de Costa Rica.
     "It is not necessary to take the snake to the hospital to be identified, the medical personnel will determine which treatment to administer based on the signs and symptoms of the patients."
     "If the snake that caused the bite is a coral snake (Elapidae family), THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL WILL ADMINISTER AN ANTICORAL SERUM."
     "If the snake that caused the bite belongs to the Viperidae family, THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL WILL ADMINISTER A POLIVALENT SERUM."

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Before someone is bitten by a snake suggestions.

- FIND OUT WHAT HOSPITALS NEAR YOU HAVE THE ANTI-VENOM.  There are 2 anti-venoms, ANTICORAL SERUM and POLIVALENT SERUM.

- Especially if you don't have a car, find transportation, a neighbor, family member, TAXI numbers, ambulance numbers, etc.

- READ all the information you can now, before there is an incident.

- Know where things are that you might need in an emergency, your ID, phone numbers, your phone, maybe make a list for in case of an emergency, etc.  Keep an emergency paper with all of your information, instructions, links, what to take and phone numbers.
The Universidad de Costa Rica says you do not need to take the snake.  The medical professionals can identify what anti-venom you need based on symptoms.  This is VERY DANGEROUS to try to get the snake and is not needed.  A photo is good, but don't waste time or do anything dangerous.

 

Links

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CRUniversidad de Costa Rica
Emergency, go to their     CRFirst Aid Page on Univeridad de Costa Rica
There are more links on right side of page for medical professionals, vetrinarians, prevention, etc.

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Charts and Photos

  coral centroamericana

 

Indentification Links

Snake Identification Costa Rica - Facebook - Not for emergencies.