Re: Wet Tents - Old methods and Rattle Snakes.
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 12:55:10 -0500
Peter Farnham <pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG> wrote:
I also become enraged whenever I hear of an adult who kills a poisonous snake
for no earthly reason except that it is poisonous. But, that is precisely what
an early 60s version of the Scout Handbook said to do!
You'll be glad to know that my friend who was recently bitten by a rattler on
the AT released the snake a safe distance from the trail (once he pried it loose
from his left hand!) When the boys said it would have been neat if he had killed
it and used the skull and skin as a hat band decoration, he showed surprise that
anyone would do such a thing under those circumstances. After all, it wasn't the
snake's fault for biting his hand. He had reached up above his head while
climbing a rock ledge and the snake just saw a small warm victim for it's next
meal. The snake didn't know it was attached to a man's arm!
As for Alan, he returned home yesterday and is in good spirits. Though his arm
and hand are still swollen and throbbing, he is past the danger. As a side note,
I've heard that rattle snake bite victims become immune to arthritis. I don't
know if this is true, so if anyone has more information on the subject, I'd love
to hear about it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City