Adder sightings- information for the public

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

It has been brought to Kidwelly town council's attention that there has been adder sightings recently in the following areas : Glan yr Afon Parc Stephens

It is also very likely to be found at Mynddgarreg mountain and Kidwelly Quay.

The town council has issued the following advice to the public;

Please do not disturb them as they are legally protected species and will not bite unless provoked.

Keep dogs on a lead under close supervision

What to do after a snake bite

Immediately after being bitten by a snake you should:

  • . remain calm and don't panic – snake bites, particularly those that occur in the UK, usually aren't serious and are only very rarely deadly try to remember the shape, size and colour of the snake

  • . Keep the part of your body that's been bitten as still as possible to prevent the venom spreading around your body

  • .Remove watches and jewellery from the bitten limb as they could cut into your skin if the limb swells

  • .Do not attempt to remove any clothing, but loosen clothing if possibleseek immediate medical attentionIf you or someone you're with is bitten by a snake,

If you or someone you're with get bitten by a snake you should NOT:

  • Try to suck the venom out of the bitetry to cut the venom out of the bite or make it bleed rub anything into the wound or apply ice, heat or chemicals.

  • Leave someone who's been bitten on their own, put anything around the bitten limb to stop the spread of venom (such as a tight pressure band, tourniquet or ligature) as it won't help, and can cause swelling or make it worse; it could also damage the limb, leading to the need for amputationtry to catch or kill the snake

  • Dial 999 immediately after being bitten by a snake to ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.

You should give healthcare professionals a description of the snake to help identify it.

You may be admitted to hospital so the bite can be assessed and your condition closely monitored.


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