According to a post by Steamboat Today, a 20-year-old female was bitten by a rattlesnake while walking her dogs near Steamboat Springs. The victim, Beanna Lind, is a student at University of Wyoming that was on a trip to visit her parents in Colorado.

Following the bite, Beanna was rushed to a hospital where she was administered anti-venom. After three nights of in-patient treatment, Beanna has made a full recovery.

One of the deadliest animals in Colorado, the rattlesnake can deal out enough venom to kill a human in a single bite. Use extra caution while walking trails around the state during warm months of the year, especially in dry areas. Below you’ll find a few tips on how to prevent rattlesnake bites and what to do if you’re bitten.

How to Prevent:

  • Wear boots and long pants while in habitats known to be home to rattlesnakes. In this case, the victim was wearing flip flops – something that greatly increases your risk of a bite.
  • Stay on the trails. Because trails have fewer hiding places for snakes, they’re less likely to be found there. Snakes rely on hiding places to stay away from predators, but also to hunt prey.
  • Be wary of snakes while rummaging through brush. When you’re looking for firewood, clearing rocks, or picking edibles, be wary of snakes in camouflage. Inspect items you’ve collected for snakes that may be clinging on – particularly with logs.
  • Avoid hiking alone. While a rattlesnake bite is always a serious situation, the risk are amplified when a strike happens while someone is alone. Hike with someone that’s physically fit enough to provide help if needed.

What to do when you’re bit:

  • Immediately seek medical attention, even if you think the bite wasn’t that bad. Swelling, pain, excessive bleeding, and other symptoms get worse as time goes on. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear before getting help.
  • Stay calm. Avoid doing things that will raise your heart rate as this can help the venom spread.
  • Wash the wound and remove things that may restrict it. Don’t try to use ice or a tourniquet. Don’t try to suck the venom out.

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