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Although getting bitten by a snake is not a pleasant experience, many snakes are not poisonous. If you are bitten on a hiking trip, examine the punctures to see if the bite has introduced venom into your body. (Snake fangs leave bigger and deeper marks than its other teeth.) Here are a few signs of poisoning: Within 5-10 minutes, the poison will cause a hot and circulating pain with swelling. After 30-90 minutes there is numbness, tingling, and/or muscle twitches may occur. Within two hours poison will cause weakness, headache, nausea/vomiting, fainting, and/or increased heart and breathing rate.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|