Snakes by the Numbers: Snakebite Statistics

Based on the annual human deaths by selected outdoor activities, 1978-2001, here are the average annual deaths broken down by activity:

Auto

Drowning

Firearms

Boating

Lightning

Arthropod

Snakebite

In other words, you are six times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a snake!

It is important to remember that our native snakes are wild animals just like any other. Fear may be your natural response to snakes, but we hope that this information helps you develop a healthy respect for these creatures. They are certainly not “out to get you”, in fact, they fear you! Keep this information in mind during the warmer months as snakes emerge. Be aware of their presence, but be sure to focus more on protecting yourself from other outdoor dangers.

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