Originally Posted by Kymudder08
The recluse spiders are interesting. The bites don't always result in necrosis. But the venom will be in your blood forever. All it did to my dad was after a few years was his hads started cracking and bleeding alot as if they were severely chapped. Also, the blood will move on its own under microscope. Freaked my dads nurse out lol
Another way to tell a venomous snake is the tail. If its blunt it's deadly, long and pointy its harmless. But copperheads aren't much to worry about unless they bite a small child. From what I've learned there's never been a recorded death from a copperhead. They're also on almost every continent and almost every state.
Black widows also aren't really deadly. I've met a guy bit by one and he said the venom attacks the nervous system and it's the most excruciating pain you'll ever experience in your life. I've also never heard of a death by black widow.
Only snakes I'd really worry about are the rattlers and the water moccasin, at least in the USA.
Those in Australia, y'all got the short end of the stick lol
1) Recluse venom does not stay in your blood forever. It will be metabolized and /or fought like any other foreign substance. I'm not sure what you meant by the blood moving on its own under the microscope, but blood work and evaluation is the realm of the pathologist, not a nurse. Don't put much stock in her freaking out...
2) Identifying snakes by the "pointyness" of the tail is unsound and perplexing. Pointy compared to what? I've yet to see a Cottonmouth, Copperhead, Coral Snake, or any other new world Pit Viper with a "blunt" tail. Go Google some photos of a Bushmaster or Fer de Lance and explain how you'd differentiate between their tail and any rat snake... Apart from the pattern, it ain't happening. Same applies to any venomous snake in the U.S. with the obvious exception of rattlesnakes but they have a clue attached to their tails (usually, they do sometimes break off).
3) There are recorded fatalities resulting from Copperhead bites. They are rare, but they have happened and are well documented.
4) "They're also on almost every continent and almost every state." - If that is regarding Copperheads, it is not accurate. Copperheads have a limited range through the eastern and central U.S.
5) Black Widows are absolutely deadly. See #3 above. Same applies.
6) Having been bitten by a Black Widow myself, and speaking to others who have been, I can attest to the fact that it IS painful, though not as excruciating as the "guy" you met. Trust me, even a small pygmy rattlesnake bite is much worse. You'll feel more pain whacking your thumb with a hammer than you will with a widow bite. The worst bites will feel like a good bee sting. I think the fellow you met was stretching the truth a bit.
And the usual disclaimer - I'm not trying to be a tool or call anyone out. I've just seen far, far too many threads and posts about venomous bites and stings that are full of bad and dangerous information and advice. My responses are not meant to be a personal attack on anyone, but rather a realistic rebuttal to less than accurate statements based on my own knowledge and research over many years. In a perfect world, I would hope that no one believes a word I say and actually takes the time to research and learn this stuff on their own.