In what has been described as an embarrasment,the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that there are 174 snakebites per 100,000 population every year in Nigeria.
For those living in rural areas, this is particularly worse.
Here are a few tips to avoid being bitten:
– Do not provoke –
Snakes usually will not attack unless they feel threatened. In the bush, wear sturdy leather shoes and stomp heavily when walking, striking with a stick on the ground in front of you to warn any reptiles you are coming — they will most likely just slither away.
Most strikes occur when snakes feel cornered or under threat, or when people accidentally step on them.
– Be alert and prepared –
Outside, have a good look around you for snakes that may hang from tree branches or swim in water, and be careful when turning over rocks or other objects. And remember: snakes are evolved to be well-camouflaged in their environment, whether it be the desert, forest or bush.
Thick, protective gloves…