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Monday, January 22, 2007

Bites and Stings – Gila Monster

You will see this creature in US. It's another poisonous creature in Arizona. The Gila monster injects venom with a chewing motion. It has eight venom glands in the bottom of its mouth. The venom flows across the teeth with the chewing motions.

What are symptoms?

The venom will attack the nervous system, and can cause pain, swelling and possibly low blood pressure. But it is mostly a local reaction.

How to Treat?

Treatment for a Gila monster bite is similar to a pit viper snake bite.

How to Prevent?

There are certain times of the year to be extra careful. In March and April, the snakes are becoming active and seeking warm sun. Snakes are born toward the end of July. They can bite with venom from birth. During the hot summer months, snakes are more active at night. Don't put your hands where you can't see. Walk around snakes. Don't challenge them or try to move them.

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