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In her illustrated service manual, Levin breaks down how to handle 50 different kinds of animals common in North America, based on expert advice. This is never going to happen. Look around for snakes before you sit somewhere, and they'll stay well away from you. Let the animal pass. Give it a good fifteen feet. Coiled, rattling, and head raised? Give it even more room. If you accidentally step on one and get bitten: keep cool. In Arizona or California—where most bites occur—plug this number into your phone.
A sunny, degree day is snake weather. Skip the flip-flops, and wear boots instead. Pair them with long, sturdy pants like jeans. On a mountain bike, be extra cautious. Rattlesnakes are designed to hear the pounding of bison hooves, not the quiet roll of a tire tread.
Peek under a log before sitting on it. Shake out your sleeping bag. What does that tell you? Levin is correct that people get bit when they try to mess around with a poisonous snake.
I regularly encounter rattlers, both around my home in Los Angeles and on camping trips throughout the desert Southwest. But neither I nor anyone I know has ever been bitten. Actually, I take that back—I watched a friend of a friend get bitten on Instagram a couple years back after he picked up a snake he found on a trail to pose with it for a photo.
Rattlers are typically polite enough to warn you of their presence, making them relatively easy to avoid. P ain't got no time for this. Stand tall. Stare the lion in the eye. Open your coat. Grab your kids, without bending over. Instead, intimidate. Wave your arms. P occasionally shows up on a motion sensor camera and once got trapped in a basement , but otherwise the thousands of people who cross his path every day are unaware of his presence.
Want to know how to avoid getting killed and eaten by a mountain lion? Otherwise, us humans should count ourselves lucky if we ever get to see one in the wild. You bring bedbugs home when they crawl into your luggage or clothing while staying in a building infested with them. That doesn't need to be a crappy motel; even expensive luxury properties have had problems with the insects.
Bedbugs hide behind headboards and mirrors, on carpets and couches. Swap your wooden bed for steel. Go ahead: get in and curl up. Wash and dry everything on high heat, seal the rest of your stuff in Ziploc Big Bags for up to a year, according to the EPA , and toss whatever you can. This is no time for nostalgia. Maybe just buy a new pair. I had the telltale red bites from head to toe.
First, we stripped all our bedding and took that and all our clothes to the laundromat and ran everything through several hot-water cycles.
While that was happening, we dusted every surface with diatomaceous earth and packed it into all the nooks and crannies in our furniture. We even cut the fabric off the underside of our couch and filled its springs and frame with the powder. Then we set off way more flea bombs than the square footage called for and hung out at a local dive bar until it was safe to go back home. It might have been luck, but that did the trick.
You can beat them. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. Though they rarely pursue on land, around water, stay alert. Alligators ambush. They latch on to prey, roll it underwater until drowned and dead, then toss it back like a tequila shot.
Put up a decent fight, and the alligator might decide to ditch you. Crabbing with my kid sister years ago, a very large gator nearly snatched her off a dock as she lay with her head over the side. So my advice is to avoid dangling chicken necks into gator-infested water. And never swim in Florida, obviously. You'll encounter donkeys on farms, in the desert, and in most places in Mexico. To avoid getting into a dangerous donkey situation in the first place, geld your donkey.
Read its signals: ears back, tail swishing, head swinging—not good. And definitely steer clear of its rear. Like bears, they like to sneak into camp and steal your food, so good food discipline and a bear-proof cooler are the easiest ways to keep them away.
Like the book says, just stay clear. Put your dog on a leash if there are donkeys around. Filed to:.
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For more texts examining the ways animals in the wild suffer and die, see our main page on the situation of animals in the wild. Physical injuries are one of the most common threats to animals living in the wild.
In some cases, animals incur severe injuries that kill them directly. In other cases, their injuries can affect them in ways that are indirectly fatal, for example, by reducing their ability to find food or to evade predators. Animals living in the wild can be injured in many different ways. Broadly speaking, we can group them into three categories: conflict with other animals, accidental injuries, and injuries caused by severe weather and natural disasters. Conflicts with other animals can be with animals of other species predation for example , or they can be with animals of their own species, such as conflicts over territory or mates, or sexual coercion.
Other injuries are caused by accidents or extreme weather conditions. For example, baby birds are sometimes injured after falling from their nests, and forest fires can leave animals with burns.
Invertebrates get appendages stuck and lose body parts in molting mishaps. Injuries caused by conflict with other animals Predation Many attacks by predators do not succeed. Often, animals manage to escape a pursuer even when initially captured, but terrible injuries may result. For example, hedgehogs are often left with missing or damaged legs after being attacked by foxes.
The footage below shows a hedgehog who is missing her left hind leg, likely as a result of a fox attack. Notice the difficulty with which she walks. Her injury is very likely to reduce her capacity to find food and to evade predators, in addition to the physical pain it must cause her.
This young seal escaped from a shark who was attacking him, but he was left with severe injuries to his flank. Amphibians such as frogs are often found with deformities such as missing or only partially grown legs.
These deformities are caused by selective predation by Dragonfly nymphs on tadpoles. Depending on the stage of development that a tadpole is in when she is attacked, she may completely regenerate the missing limb. Otherwise, the limb may be completely missing, or it may partially develop. The mature frog must then try to survive with a partial or missing leg, or, sometimes, missing eyes.
This attack in her tadpole stage thus makes it harder for her to find food and evade predators in her later life. Intraspecific conflict: Fighting for territory and mates Physical trauma can also be the result of conflict between members of the same species. For example, animals chase and fight each other to defend their territory, to establish a new social or mating hierarchy, or to protect their young.
Competition for food, water, shelter, and other basic needs may also lead to aggressive behavior and injury. The video below shows a lone lioness injured after a fight with a group of adolescent males. The fight may have been over territory, an animal carcass, or an attempt at forced copulation.
She has a broken tail, an open wound on her left hind leg and she is limping badly. She is unlikely to survive on her own, and she follows the group that injured her in the hope that they will share food with her. Grey Seals are territorial during mating season. This young seal was found with serious injuries to her face, neck, and eye. Her wounds were most likely caused by another seal. Male elephant seals use their massive body weight and sharp canines against each other when battling for control of a beach and thus control of a harem of females.
Though these fights are rarely fatal, they can result in severe tears and cuts to both parties. For example, see: Accidents Animals living in the wild are subject to injuries in their everyday lives.
Many accidents result from falls, collapsed dens or burrows, 2 collisions, or getting stuck. Birds crash into trees, elephants get stuck in swamps, deers puncture their eyes on low-hanging branches, and squirrels fall out of trees.
Animals also injure each when they are play-fighting. Crushing injuries Many animals sustain crushing injuries caused by accidental trauma. Crushing most often occurs when an animal becomes caught between the ground and a solid object, often a rock or a larger animal. The type and degree of crushing injury depends on the amount of force, resulting in a range of injuries from minor bruising to severe hemorrhaging, fractures, and rupture of internal organs.
For example, rocks or tree branches can fall on an animal. Some animals accidentally step on smaller animals. Male penguins can accidentally crush a pup while they are displaying, which can cause internal injuries to the pup. Walruses are easily startled. The approach of a predator or the noise of a passing boat or plane can cause walruses to panic and stampede towards the water.
These stampedes are extremely dangerous for calves who may be injured or crushed to death. Bone fractures in spine, limbs and wings are common and can be fatal. This because of the way their very light legs bend and shatter, the thin and easily penetrated skin around the bone, and how easily the blood supply is cut off by damaged arteries. They are also susceptible to pneumonia if they lie down for an extended period of time.
Walruses in one wildlife refuge in Alaska have been seen falling off the same cliff since Walruses often haul out onto land to rest, and sometimes when the beaches are too crowded they will climb up gentle slopes with cliffs on the other side. Once there, they can be spooked by polar bears, or they can simply lose their footing when returning to the sea. There are two to three hundred dead on one short stretch of beach. Notice the close up of a walrus who has survived the fall.
Still breathing, but unable to move, she must have suffered greatly before her death. Birds have legs that are easily broken because they are small and their bones are often hollow.
They may also be fragile due to malnutrition or excessive egg laying. Common causes of broken legs are falls, fights, accidental collisions with other animals, or being accidentally stepped on by a larger animal. Broken bones in the limbs or wings of flying birds and penguins are serious and often fatal.
This can cause the eye to hemorrhage, and lead to infection later on. Large fractures can be quite serious. If the fracture is deep, there can be blood loss. There are nerve ending in and around the shell, so a break can be painful in the way any broken bone can cause pain. Shell rot can set in due to a fungal or bacterial infection under the crack.
Aquatic animals are particularly susceptible to shell rot. Horns are also made of bone and can bleed. If torn away near their base, skin will be torn as well.
A bird can also break her beak if she gets it stuck in something. If she panics and rips herself free, she can break her beak off. Beaks are made of skin covered in keratin the same material as our fingernails. Beaks are attached to bones, and the beak tip has a concentration of nerves and blood vessels. Birds use their beaks not only as mouths but also in the way we use our hands to pick things up.
Certain breaks cause bleeding, and in some cases, a bird can bleed to death from a broken beak. Injured beaks can also lead to breathing or sinus problems. The tip continually grows because it is constantly wearing out due to use, but injuries far from the tip can be permanently disfiguring. An injured bird might only be able to eat soft food, which could make it hard to survive in the wild. Wing tears Bat and insect wings can tear from collisions with objects, plants, thorns, or from fungal infections.
Tears in bat wings are serious injuries and can lead to blood loss. The animal also requires rest and extra energy to heal, and while they are healing, they are more vulnerable to starvation, predation, and other threats. Eye injuries Animals in nature can sustain eye injuries due to foreign objects, punctures, or smoke.
A common way an animal can receive an eye injury is from running into branches. Because many animals, such as deers and antelopes, escape from predators and other threats by running into the woods, many run into low-hanging branches. While this usually only affects one eye, any permanent damage or vision loss can make an animal more prone to other accidents and predation in the future. Flying animals are at an advantage because there are fewer things to run into.
However, birds can injure their eyes falling out of trees at an early age, or run into branches when taking off. They can also be injured by talons in fights with other birds. Eyelid injuries, such as rips or punctures, often happen due to falls or running into something. It can easily be damaged, and if not healed properly, it can lead to vision loss or infection.
Getting sand, glass, or other foreign objects stuck in the eye can be very painful for many animals, who might further injure themselves trying to get them out. Octopuses amputate their own arms, lizards their tails, and spiders their legs. They do this when they are in danger, usually from getting their appendages trapped or stuck in fights with other animals, to prevent venom from a sting from spreading throughout their body, or in molting mishaps. When it is not to escape from a dangerous situation, self-amputation may be a response to pain resulting from an injury or an attempt to remove a useless body part.
Some animals, like octopuses and spiders, often manage well while missing an arm or a leg. The replacement part is not always the same in terms of structure and function. Molting Molting is a common cause of injury in arthropods. Although arthropods are vulnerable to external injuries during molting and while their new exoskeletons are still soft, they are more likely to die or be injured because of a fault in the complex molting process.
This is worse for older animals, who tend to molt less frequently as they age.
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Give it a good fifteen feet. Coiled, rattling, and head raised?
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Give it even more room. If you accidentally step on one and get bitten: keep cool. In Arizona or California—where most bites occur—plug this number into your phone. A sunny, degree day is snake weather. Skip the flip-flops, and wear boots instead.
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Pair them with long, sturdy pants like jeans. On a mountain bike, be extra cautious. Rattlesnakes are designed to hear the pounding of bison hooves, not the quiet roll of a tire tread. Peek under a log before sitting on it. Shake out your sleeping bag.
What does that tell you? Levin is correct that people get bit when they try to mess around with a poisonous snake.
I regularly encounter rattlers, both around my home in Los Angeles and on camping trips throughout the desert Southwest. But neither I nor anyone I know has ever been bitten.
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Actually, I take that back—I watched a friend of a friend get bitten on Instagram a couple years back after he picked up a snake he found on a trail to pose with it for a photo. Rattlers are typically polite enough to warn you of their presence, making them relatively easy to avoid.
P ain't got no time for this. Stand tall. Stare the lion in the eye.