Summertime is a great time to get outdoors. And the animals are thinking the same thing. You’re far more likely to encounter dangerous animals in warmer weather, particularly snakes. When you’re out in the wild, you’re walking through the home of many animals – some of them fatally venomous. Follow these tips to avoid an unpleasant encounter.
- Know before you go. Find out which venomous animals are in the area that you will be traveling through, and know their habits and habitats.
- Be watchful around rock piles, cliffs and rock outcroppings.
- Don’t ever put your hand or arm under a rock overhang, up in a hollow log or down in a hole that you cannot see under or into.
- Watch where you step.
- Don’t try to touch or pick up live spiders and snakes, for any reason.
- Don’t get close to potentially venomous animals, for identification or any other purposes.
These tips and many more survival tips are in MacWelch’s books: Prepare For Anything – the Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual – and How To Survive Anything
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And check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles in Outdoor Life Magazine.