Monday 25 January 2021

Surviving a Snakebite in Costa Rica

For many people, no creature evokes the kind of disgust and horror that snakes do, and this country has an abundance of slithering serpents known to have deadly dentures.

But the reality is that snakebites are few and far-between. On average, 504 people are bit per year in all of Costa Rica, according to a review of medical facility data by Mahmood Sasa from the University of Costa Rica. And thanks to the advent of powerful and very toxic antivenins, most snakebite victims, like Pelada resident Sophie Ballegeer, survive the experience.

What to Do If You Are Bitten

But what if the unimaginable actually happens? Keep calm.

- Advertisement -

If you’re bitten, go to the hospital immediately. Do not try to suck or apply pressure to the bite. Only hospitals keep antivenin in stock because the antidote has bad side effects, so it has to be administered in a facility which can monitor and control the effects.

Local Poisonous Snakes to Avoid

Coral Snake – Black, yellow and red banding across the body, extremely venomous. Its very small teeth and meek disposition mean that it rarely bites, and it cannot bite through leather and other tough materials.

Fer-de-Lance –  French for “spearhead.” It has black, brown and green mottled colours with dark blotches along its back. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous snakes in Costa Rica.

Eyelash Viper – Also called the “Bocaraca” in Spanish. The eyelash viper can have several color variations and combinations of red, yellow, brown, green and pink. It is a small, tree-inhabiting snake, averaging about 2.5 feet in length, but don’t let the size fool you— its bite is still dangerous.

- Advertisement -

Tropical Rattlesnake – “Cascabel” in Spanish, for its rattling sound when disturbed. This rattlesnake is one of the larger species of venomous snakes in Costa Rica. Its venom is neurotoxic, very strong, and has effects on the operation of the eyes– some bite victims go permanently blind from late or inadequate treatment.

Bushmaster – The king of venomous snakes in Costa Rica can reach lengths of up to 8 feet. It is easily the largest venomous snake in the country and has an added danger of being able to strike with multiple bites. Luckily, it’s a nocturnal predator and usually will be avoided by people for this reason.

With report from By Giordano Ciampini, Voice of Nosara

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

First vaccines against covid-19 arrive in Panama, the country with the most infections in Central America

TODAY PANAMA – With a sideways view of the syringe, nurse Violeta Gaona received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19 in Panama...

Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans

Q REPORTS - Hours after being sworn in as president, U.S. President Joe Biden reversed several Donald Trump immigration policies by executive action, marking...

For every ¢100 that is collected in taxes, Costa Rica spends ¢ 50 to pay public employees

QCOSTARICA - 50% of the tax revenue collected by the Ministry of Finance is used to pay the salaries of public employees, according to...

At 11 months to delivery, the road to Limón missing 440 expropriations

QCOSTARICA - Road construction, more to the point, delivery of finish projects, has been a low point for Costa Rica's Ministerio de Obras Publicas...

Drug Trafficking, Politics and Power: The Age of Drug Lords

How a new generation of global drug lords emerged at the end of the 1970s, in want of both money and power,  changed the...

Covid-19: Private labs will test anyone who travels to countries that require testing

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, announced this Tuesday afternoon an agreement for private laboratories to help in conducting covid-19 tests for...

Covid-19 maintains ‘high’ pressure on hospitals despite slight decrease in hospitalized patients

QCOSTARICA - Between the different hospitals of the Caja, an average of 20 land transfers and at least one air transfer of patients with...

Strong winds prevent fire control and generate falling trees and short circuits

QCOSTARICA - Strong winds, generated by the influence of cold push number 12, prevented the firefighters from controlling a fire in vegetation registered in...

Puerto Viejo, Limon

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica Photo by Silivan Munguarakarama via Unsplash.

Want to stay up to date with the latest?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and get updates daily in your mailbox. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.