"Tastes like Chicken!" Naches Warnings Or Dangers Tip by JAFA-Rease

Naches Warnings and Dangers: 3 reviews and 1 photos

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The only really dangerous type of critter in the Naches area, besides tourists ; ), are the rattlesnakes. This area has the smaller verision (2 - 4 feet) long that are sometimes refered to as "timber rattlers".

There aren't that many rattlers in the area, but you still need to keep an eye/ear out just in case. There are four primary things you should know about rattlers (if you don't already):
- They're blind
- They can sense movement
- They can sense heat
- They can only strike about as high as 2/3 their length

With this in mind, if you hear the distinctive sound of one you should immediately stop and figure out where it is. If you simply jump backward you may end up getting yourself in trouble. The rattlesnake may not have realized you were around until after you stepped past it. It may take your reaction as a threat, and guess what, you just got bit.

The most dangerous environments for you to encounter rattlers are on top of rocks (be careful if you're climbing something and can't see where you're putting your hand) or in high brush where you can't see the ground you're walking into.

If you get bit by a rattler don't do the old "I'll cut you and suck the venom out" trick you see in old movies. It doesn't do anything but give you another wound that needs to be healed. If you are alone, remain calm (keeping your blood pressure down is critical) and go find the nearest person you can. If you are a long way from help and you are bit on an extremity, use a MILD tourniquet (don't stop the blood flow, just slow it down). Do whatever you can to keep the biten area below the level of your heart, gravity is your friend here. If you find someone, send that person for help, lie down and did I mention to stay calm?

Continued on "Tastes like Chicken Take Two"..

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2004
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