How to Test Snake-Proof Boots
So you have a new pair of snake-proof boots: how do you know you’re safe against snake bites?
In this article, we’ll tell you how to test your snake-proof boots. This method also works for regular boots.
It’s important to note that none of these methods are guaranteed: with the power of a snake’s bite and the sharpness of their fangs, it’s difficult to ensure that the bite won’t go through your boot. However, that is the purpose of snake boots so, with a good pair, you should be safe.
How common are deadly snake bites?
It’s also good to keep in mind that, while it is possible to die from a venomous snake bite, it is not common: of the approximately 8,000 people in the US who are bitten by venomous snakes per year, around 5 deaths per year are caused by snake bites. If you seek medical assistance for a snake bite, it is likely you will not die.
That being said, when you’re out in the wilderness, it can be difficult to get medical assistance. That’s why your best bet is to have snake-proof boots.
How to test your boots
The most effective way to test your boots is to fill them with inflated balloons and place them in a snake pit. If they’re bitten and the balloons don’t pop – you’re probably safe. This is actually how some companies that make snake boots test them.
Short of this, the only other way to test your snake boots is to put a steel needle through them and see how easily it will go through. If it goes through quite easily, then you’re probably not very well protected.
However, a snake’s fangs are weaker than a needle, so even if a needle can go through, your boots may still be snake proof.
Do I need to test my boots?
The truth is, if you purchase snake-proof boots, you’re likely quite safe from snake bites without testing your boots. This is because snake boots are equipped with specific technology to prevent against snake bites.
Other tips for avoiding snake bites
Aside from wearing snake boots to ensure your feet and calves are protected, there are other things you can do to avoid snake bites.
Don’t try to handle or kill a snake.
Snakes are afraid of humans just as humans are afraid of snakes. If you don’t disturb it, it will likely slither away.
What to do if you’re bitten
If you’re bitten by a snake, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- Call 9-1-1 and seek medical assistance
- Remember the color and shape of the snake: this information can help medical professionals treat the bite
- Keep calm and still: this can slow the spread of venom
- If you there is no medical assistance available, apply first aid on the bite:
- Keep still and ensure the bite is below heart level
- Wash the bite with soap and water
- Cover the bite with clean dressing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venomous Snakes. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/snakes/
North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension: Gaston County Center. Avoiding snake bites. https://gaston.ces.ncsu.edu/snakes/avoiding-snake-bites/
North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension: Gaston County Center. Snakes of North Carolina. https://gaston.ces.ncsu.edu/snakes/