Emergency department Venom ER frequently asked questions

Venom ER frequently asked questions

Thank you for your interest and for watching Venom ER! We receive a large volume of phone messages, mail, and email each day. We review each of these correspondences as promptly as possible. However, due to the overwhelming response to the show, we cannot guarantee an individual response to your query. If you have questions regarding bites or stings by venomous animals, please search this site and its links for answers. If you don't find the answer to your question, please feel free to . Meanwhile, see all 11 episodes of Venom ER--check the Animal Planet web site for show times!

What venomous snakes live in Southern California?

Six species of rattlesnakes live here: southern Pacific, red diamond, Mojave, sidewinder, speckled, and western diamondback. Learn more about Southern California snakes.

I have a live snake. What should I do?

If you have just captured the snake, please release it immediately as near to where you found it as safely possible. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET BITTEN! There is no need to contact Venom ER. Although we have several research projects involving snakes, we have as many snakes as we can manage at present. If you have snakes that have been captive for any period of time, please contact the Department of Fish and Game or your local animal control.

How do I keep snakes out of my yard?

There is no way to keep snakes completely out of your yard. However, here are a few quick tips. Eliminate from your property places where snakes can hide (e.g., log piles, heavy vegetation). Remove bird feeders. The fallen seeds attract rodents, which attract snakes. Keep your garage door closed to prevent snakes from seeking shelter there. Wearing boots and jeans may prevent some (but not all) snakebites. Watch "Venom ER" each Tuesday night for more tips. Thank you for your interest!

What should I do if a snake bites me?

Call 911 immediately. A venomous snakebite is a medical emergency. If you are a physician wishing to transfer a patient, please contact our emergency department at (909) 558-4444. We are unable to give advice over the phone, via the Internet, or through the mail.

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What should I do if a spider, scorpion, centipede, or other venomous animal bites me?

Seek medical care immediately. If you can do so safely, capture the animal and bring it with you. If you are a physician wishing to transfer a patient, please contact our emergency department at (909) 558-4444. We are unable to give advice over the phone, via the Internet, or through the mail.

Can I carry antivenom with me in the wilderness?

Antivenom may be stable enough to carry in your backpack, but can be very expensive and expires after only a few years. Plus there can be serious side effects, which are easier to manage in the ER than in the field.

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Is there a snake bite vaccine for dogs?

There is a vaccine against rattlesnakes for dogs. For more information, see http://www.redrockbiologics.com/

As a physician, how do I transfer a patient?

Please contact our emergency department at (909) 558-4444. We are unable to give advice over the phone, via the Internet or through the mail.

I am having a problem related to a past venomous snake or spider bite. What should I do?

Seek medical care. If you are a physician wishing to transfer a patient, please contact our Emergency Department at (909) 558-4444. We are unable to give advice over the phone, via the Internet or through the mail.

How can I schedule a lecture?

With rare exception, Dr. Bush's lecture schedule is full for the rest of this year. Contact for a free, 15-minute snakebite teaching video (while supplies last).

Can I make an appointment with Dr. Bush?

Because Dr. Bush is an emergency physician, he generally does not schedule appointments. If you have questions, you may call the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Office phone: (909) 558-4344
ER phone: (909) 558-4444, touch 0
General email inquiries can be routed to .

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