The bad stuff happens when people don’t leave snakes alone. Do your best to avoid them in the first place. A sunny, 90°F day is snake weather. If you encounter one let it pass. Give it a good fifteen feet. Coiled, rattling, and head raised? Give it even more. If you accidentally step on one and get bitten: keep cool, don’t run; getting your heart rate up makes the venom seep faster. Skip the snakebite kits and tourniquets; that’s outdated advice. Just call Poison Control as soon as possible at 800-222-1222.