It is rare to see snakes in Malaysia, unless your property has a garden or open space near extremely secluded areas. In most cases, snakes are most likely just passing through your garden area.
The common signs to look out for on whether a snake is in your property are:
There are certain places where snakes may like to hide on your property:
Reptiles are timid and will usually flee to seek cover if they are detected by people or pets.
There are a few things you can do to deter snakes:
There are hundreds of snake species around the world but only a low percentage of these are venomous. However, given the shock, distress and panic that most of us would feel when encountering a snake, it is highly unlikely to identify whether the snake is venomous or not! Here are some important tips you can share with your family to protect them from nasty snakes bites:
The danger from snake bites and the toxicity of venom varies from species to species. The recommended first aid for snake bites will also vary according to species.
Treatment for a snake bite is defined according to whether the venom is cytotoxic, haemotoxic or neurotoxic. A wrong treatment will not only be of little or no help but could even be dangerous.
Symptoms usually manifest soon after a snake bite, so observing the victim is extremely important.
If no symptoms have occurred within half an hour of the bite then indications would be that it was not a venomous snake, it failed to inject any venom or the snake was very old and had little or no venom left.
While there can be differences of opinion as to what we should do for snake bites the consensus of opinion as to what not to do is reasonably consistent, DO NOT:
Snakes are a real threat to people living in Malaysia and below are some of the common snakes found here.
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