Sorry, True Grit is not an academic source. Skeptical Jeff Bridges is not happy.


As it turns out, those snake bite kits are nothing but snake oil. This time, the comic was based on a specific study (caution: science). Also, this, and numerous others.

In the US, the only course of action for a snakebite in the field is a set of car keys, or a cell phone and a helicopter. Just try to get to a hospital, and you’ll likely be fine anyways. Most snake bites are not from venomous snakes, and many bites from venomous snakes turn out to be dry bites without venom injection (est. 25-30% for rattlesnakes, can’t find a reputable source though). There isn’t much you can do in the field, even tourniquets aren’t recommended anymore.

Another interesting snakebite treatment I had never heard of is applying electrical shock, via car battery or stun gun, to the bite. Talk about tasing a guy when he’s down. Luckily this appears to be bunk too.

My skeptical sense is tingling about sleeping with a rope to ward off the snakes, but I haven’t researched it yet.


For my Australian readers, you’re completely on your own with this one. I tried to look up a few examples of your much more deadly venomous snakes, and instead learned that every single wild animal in your country is capable of killing a tourist in seconds.

Specifically, I found this: DROP BEARS. Cousins of the cuddly koala bear that use their claws for vengeance.

I mean seriously, Australia, WHAT THE FUCK.

↓ Transcript
Let's go off-trail hiking. Awesome idea, Mitch!
It's not my fault nature preys on the weak.

How bad is it?
Just a snake bite, I'll be fine.
I have a snakebite kit in the car, I'll hike back-

Don't bother. Efficacy tests in a lab have shown they're incapable of removing any radio-labelled fluid.

Ok sure. But this is real life.

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