If you have a mobile phone and have service, call emergency services to report your location.
Tie a bandage a few fingers’ width above the bite to slow distribution of venom. The bandage should not cut off circulation; a good rule of thumb is that you should be able to easily slide a finger beneath the bandage.
If help is on the way, keep the victim still, positioning the limb that was bitten below the level of the heart. If you must move, do so slowly and try to stay relaxed; a rapid heart pulse rate will only spread the poison faster.
Monitor the victim’s vital signs – temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, blood pressure. If there are signs of shock, lay the victim flat, raise the feet, and cover the victim with a blanket.
When help has arrived or you have reached a hospital, describe the snake to the paramedic so that the correct anti venom serum can be administered.
DO NOT try to ‘suck out’ the venom. This does not work and is more likely to poison you than help the victim.
DO NOT put ice on the wound.
DO NOT give the victim alcoholic drinks.
Before a strike, a snake will usually display a few warning signs. These include:
Baring Fangs – Opening the mouth wide to display teeth.
Making a Warning Noise – Hissing, spitting, rattling, shaking vegetation.
Getting Into Strike Position – This is the classic S shape. Most snakes will make a few false strikes with their mouths closed before striking prey.