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How To Keep Snakes Away While Camping

The best area for snake free camping

Camping in open space and short grasses are the best place whre it is more difficult for snakes to hide. As snakes love to stay in secret so they try to avoid open spaces.

If your campsite permits campfire, then this can be the best way to keep snakes and other wildlife away from your tent.

Just make sure the firewood is not sleeping cold for more than 24 hours. because they may have become the perfect hiding spots for snakes.

Another great way to keep snakes away is to lit the place where you’re camping so that you don’t accidentaly walk over them.

Which area is not best for camping

Don’t set up your camp any near to the following areas:

  • Areas near to water sources. Snakes use these areas to hunt and travel
  • Areas next to outcrops or rock piles
  • Areas with heavy brush and a lot of deadfalls. As they are the primary hiding spot for snakes.

Clear Out Campsite Clutter

Once you have a perfect area your campsite. It is time to remove clutter from that area. Snakes love to hide in dark places, so if there are any branches, stacks of firewood, piles of leaves etc, please make sure to move them further away from your tent.

If you have a woodpile for a campfire, make sure to keep it away from your campsite as far as possible.

How should I store my food

You should store your food as you do to make your site black-bear-proof. It is not that like bears snakes have any interest in your food.

They don’t even care about what you eat, They only look for the ones who can come to eat your food like birds and mice.

  • Clean your utensils thoroughly after use and be conscious of dropping crumbs near your tent.
  • Dispose of your trash bags correctly or store them in an air-tight container until you’re able to dispose of them. Don’t throw the trash bag outside of your tent, no matter how it is sealed.
  • Place any leftover far away from your tent in an air-tight container and hang them in a tree branch or any elevated area.

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How can I safely check for snakes?

Here are some things you can do on regular basis to stop any unwanted guest to come in:

  • Make a habit of shaking out your sleeping bag if you don’t want an uninvited thing waiting for you to slip in.
  • Check if your tent has any holes. Have a repair kit ready if the situation arises.
  • Check underneath your tent as they love to stay in shade.
  • Check out your shoes before putting them on your feet. This becomes even more necessary if you put them outside the tent at night. If this is the case you should stuff your socks into shoes to stop snakes from crawling in. Or better to put them in a sealed box.
  • Before leaving your tent make sure that the doors are closed properly. Every zipper must be shut on your tent, and there should be no opening to allow snakes to come in. Do this every time you leave the tent, no matter for how short or how far you’re going.

Tips for personal safety

Watch out ground

Like us snakes also crawl on ground so watch out so that you don’t met him .Be aware, if you’re walking on ground that is filled with leaves, branches, and rocks.

Watching out ground becomes even more important at night. Make sure everything is light up. For this it is not investing in a good rechargable lantern. A good lantern not only protect you from snakes but will help you to prevent any other wildlife enconter.

Let them know about your presence

Wear closed footwear like shoes as it will not only protect you from snake’s venom penetrating into your blood but it will make more ground vibrations than sandals or flip flop to make them feel your presence.

Walk more strongly to make more sound and thus create more vibration into the ground. If they clearly know you are walking there, they won’t come close to you as they are not a lion who likes to eat you.

Dress appropriately

Lower body is more likely a place where a snake can bite. To protect your lower body specially your legs, cover the ankles, lower legs, and hands.

By doing this you’ll lower the risk of venom entering the bloodstream.

Clothes like jeans or gaiters are examples of good materials that could reduce the chances of a snake’s fang piercing your skin.

Pack first-aid kit

I wish the time to use the first aid kit will never come. But who knows what will happen so it is better to pack a first-aid kit, not to feel insecure but to feel secure.

This includes pressure bandages to delay the venom.

If you’re interested in knowing more about pressure immobilization technique, you can check out on this Wikipedia page

What should I do after seeing a snake?

snake hiding in grass

Here are few things that you should do and should not after seeing a snake:

  • The most important thing is not to panic. Don’t make the snake feel like you are a threat.
  • Leave it alone. Snakes are shy in nature and don’t want to involve with any important things. If he is outside the tent, wait for some time inside the tent and in most cases, he will go out of your way. The only thing that can make a snake stay for longer if there is a good amount of shade in front of your tent. Always place a shade a little far aside from the tent.
  • Maintain enough distance. Remember when you’re camping, it’s not your property it is everyone including snakes and other wildlife. So it is better not to get too close.
  • Don’t bother the snake with any stick or something like that as it will provoke the snake in fighting and survival mode.
  • If by accident you step on a snake, move away immediately (as fast as you can).
  • Don’t move toward the snake. Even a venomous snake-like cobra is unlikely to attack until he feels risk. So for better take some deep breaths to calm yourself and then slowly move away from him. It will give him a chance of escaping.

How to treat snake bite

Here are some steps you can do in order to treat snakebite:

  • Wash the bite with soap and water. Soap should be biodegradable while camping.
  • Pay attention to your breath so that it won’t go down or very fast.
  • Try not to close your eyes and stay awake and aware.
  • Remove anything tights like rings, anklets, and bracelets from around the bitten area of the body.
  • Immobilize the person completely using pressure bandages, but splint it just below the level of the heart.
  • If you’re camping in any near city then call 911 and ask for medical assistance if you’re camping in any national park.

Can snakes get in a tent?

So in a line, yes and no snakes can get in a tent. If they enter it is your mistake and if they won’t that’s called success.

As we know snakes love to feel the shade. So they tend to seek some good shade and in this case, your tent is no more than heaven for them.

Check for the holes in your tent. Also, make sure that your tent’s floor is perfectly sealed that it won’t leave any space for even an insect to come in.

If everything is perfectly sealed and your nets are not ripped then there is no way that any snake can trespass your tent.

Can snakes bite through tents?

Theoretically, it is possible that a snake can bite through tents. But practically it is very very unlikely. Moreover, there has been no case found where any snakebite through the tent.

Yes, a man died in 2012 with a copperhead snake bite but is his mistake as he won’t check his shoes before wearing them.

Let’s say if a snake try to bite through tent then their fangs could potenially get through tent material. And the chances are they might end up getting stuck.

And they are atleast have that much intelligence about when to bite and when not to. Additionally they are not interested wasting their precious venom without any reason.

So better you take care of your safety and stay away from snakes. Let them live their life without any so-called human interference.

Does anything repel snakes?

Yes there are some chemical detterents available in the market to repel snakes away from tent. Remember I’ve said they do repel rather kill.

Some homemade repellers are ammonia and vinegar. Just soak a rug in ammonia and place it an unsealsed bag near the areas where the snakes are.

Talking about the scents that snakes don’t like are smoke, cinnamon, cloves, onions, garlic, and lime. You can use sprays or oil containing these fragrances to keep snakes away.

Don’t think if you use these scents or ammonia, you can do your stupid things. Make sure you follow everything mentioned here.

Point to be noted: Before buying any snake repellent please make sure that it is safe for humans, the environment, and snakes too.

If you ask me, I don’t even recommend using any chemical-based product as it can be harmful to both you and the wildlife. Instead, follow the tips mentioned in this article to keep snakes away.

These snakes repellents either come in spray or liquid form. If sulphur is the active ingredient in detterents then they won’t keep snakes away from your campsite.

And another belief is about mothballs as a repeller. As a friend, I don’t recommend you to use these harmful mothballs as they can be dangerous to your pets and kids.

When these mothballs burn and produce vapor, it will kill and repels moths and other bugs but they’ll not do any good in repelling snakes.

Places in us with most snakes

Besides Texas and Florida, the US states with high rates of snake bites are Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

That’s not a problem in which country you live, just google for the place before planning your camping trip to reduce the chances of confronting any snake.

Still, if you see any snake do all the things that I told you and you’ll be safe for sure.

What state in the US has no snakes?

Alaska is one of two states to be known as snake-free.