Society would have you believe …
We should fear rattlesnakes.
Watch Out, Rattlesnake!
And yes, there’s been a time or two I’ve thought twice about where I put my foot in the swamp. The last thing you want is a snake bite, and especially a venomous one. Unlike a gator that will usually move out of your way when you approach, moccasins have a reputation for standing their ground. Thus if you’re not paying attention it’s easy to walk in harm’s way. So the saying goes: It’s usually the second in line that gets bit – the first in line raising the snakes ire, and the second person getting the strike. And if you do get bit, there’s no question about it: you’ll need to get medical care, and fast.
Watch Out, Vehicle Tire!
But if prevention is the best medicine, the best policy for both you and the snakes are to slow down, especially when driving on the road. Much more common than skin-piercing bits are snakes getting run over by a tire on the road.
Take-home lesson: Please hike and drive slow in the swamp, both for your own safety and the safety of the snakes.