The availability of snake anti-venom has probably saved millions of lives so far. However, some researchers show that snakes kill more than 20,000 people in the world yearly. Snakebites also cause nearly half a million envenomings (poison reaches the bloodstream) a year. Luckily, there’s quite a lot snake proof gear available out there which can stop snakebites from being successful.
Outdoor gear manufacturers are now making specially designed pants that look and feel just like normal pair trousers. However, they are reinforced with snake and briar resistant liner below the knees.
Snake proof chaps that are made of comfortable waterproof material are perfect for swamps and wetlands, protecting you from water moccasins. Below the knee, they have snake proof inserts that are usually removable.
The huge majority of snakebites aim below your knees. That’s why people usually use gaiters as snakebite protection. The material is impenetrable to viper fangs and it provides briar and thorn protection too. Gaiters might not look very fashionable but they do what they are made for and are extremely practical.
If you don’t want your snake proof gear to look too obvious, then you should check out snake proof boots. Modern day snake proof boots much lighter and more comfortable than they used to be, so you don’t have to struggle on your hike. With so many models available, you can choose from many materials, colors, sizes or styles.
If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors due to your job or hobby, snake proof gear could save your life. Snake will usually flee when they sense your presence, but some attacks can’t be prevented no matter how careful you are. So if you dwell into snake rich areas make sure to protect yourself with appropriate snake prof gear.