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How dangerous is it to rummage the ground in the mountains of Nevada desert with venomous creatures out there?

Is it "severely dangerous"? Maybe Is there risk? Absolutely I'm going to say first off that you seem like you have little to no hiking/outdoor experience, and whatever answers me or other users give ...
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Is it very uncommon to see snakes in the woods, or have I just been unobservant?

Snakes usually only attack if they are disturbed, surprised, or trodden on. So perhaps you make a lot of noise in some way that allows them to avoid confrontation. Their venom is for disabling their ...
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Does two puncture wounds mean venomous snake?

I'd suggest being very careful with information about venomous snakes on the internet. The reason is the USA's traditional preponderance on that medium (particularly the English-speaking portion of it)...
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How dangerous is it to rummage the ground in the mountains of Nevada desert with venomous creatures out there?

About the only real danger of the ones you mentioned is a scorpion under a rock you just picked up. They do hide in crevasses under rocks during the day. Just be aware that there might be a scorpion ...
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Can one distinguish between a venomous snake and a non-venomous snake, and if so how and with what degree of confidence?

Yes, and no. There is certainly a tendency towards the more triangular/bulbous head of a snake indicating that it's venomous. However, there are significant outliers to that rule (notably, the ...
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Aversion to snakes: How would an outdoors leader go about "curing" this condition in one of her/his charges?

You cannot overcome a phobia without facing the cause that triggers the fear in the first place, at least in a indirect way. To close the book on a phobia and throw it away really cannot help one get ...
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Why are tourniquets not recommended as a first aid for a snakebite?

I keep on telling people that they should never try to restrict the blood flow by using a tourniquet or a tight restricting bandage. It has been a stupid myth among people, visualizing that the snake ...
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Is it very uncommon to see snakes in the woods, or have I just been unobservant?

It’s rare that small animals are particularly visible unless they exhibit bright or highly contrasting colors (in almost all cases, either aposematic coloring, or batesian mimicry of a species with ...
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Am I able to "open up" a snake bite and suck the venom out of it?

Already a couple of nice answers by imsodin and Liam. I'll add 2 cents to it. Might appear a bit lengthy, but for me its essential. I keep on telling people that they should never try to suck the ...
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Can a coyote eat a rattlesnake without getting poisoned?

What you have here is a language problem - a poison is a toxin which you ingest/breath in/absorb through skin, a venom is a toxin that is injected (e.g. bee sting) or added through wounding (many ...
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What to do if one is bitten by a copperhead when alone

Although you mention being in the suburbs, if you are an hour walk from a road, this is effectively a wilderness first aid situation. This guide to wilderness first aid of a snakebite seems to cover ...
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A snake glides over a very rough, hard surface with no signs of discomfort...how?

The skin of snakes is covered with tough scales, similar to fingernails. On the upper surfaces of their bodies these tend to be approximately round or diamond shaped and on the underside are usually ...
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Am I able to "open up" a snake bite and suck the venom out of it?

This is simply a compendium of relevant answers already given. Hopefully someone will come up with an original more detailed answer. This is from an answer by WedaPashi in What are the first aid ...
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What to do when a snake blocks a narrow trail?

In this situation, if you wanted to preserve the life of the snake, I would have recommended you used your poles to pick it up, swing it out over the gorge side of the trail and place it back on the ...
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Reasonable precautions against copperheads: will being noisy in copperhead habitat cause them to slither away?

It is thought that noise generally will not be affective to make copperheads slither away. Making a lot of noise frightens snakes. Mostly false. For one thing, "snakes lack external ear ...
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How can an adult be bitten by a snake without feeling it?

Yes, the bite of a common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) can be painless. It is a venomous snake found on the subcontinent of India and is also known as the Indian krait. Kraits are nocturnal, therefore ...
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Is there any evidence that suction devices are helpful for snake bites?

There are two studies I could find on this, Conclusion The Sawyer Extractor pump removed bloody fluid from our simulated snakebite wounds but removed virtually no mock venom, which suggests ...
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Found a black snake in my backyard. Is it dangerous?

While I cannot identify the snake myself, I would still like to partially answer your main question of "Is it dangerous?" TL;DR Non-experts can easily misidentify snakes, and even experts can ...
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How dangerous is it to rummage the ground in the mountains of Nevada desert with venomous creatures out there?

Last summer I did a yo-yo of both the Toyaibe Crest and the Ruby mountains while also summitting both Mt Wheeler and Boundary Peak. The mountains aren’t particularly dangerous, other than the big ...
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Can one distinguish between a venomous snake and a non-venomous snake, and if so how and with what degree of confidence?

Perhaps for a certain region, but not universally. When you are looking at only a certain region, then there might be some visible characteristic all the common venomous snakes just happen to have in ...
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Is it very uncommon to see snakes in the woods, or have I just been unobservant?

I'm going to say lucky and/or unobservant. Snakes are not rare - at all. I've lived in Louisana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. It was common to see blue racers and ribbon snakes in the yard (and the ...
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A snake glides over a very rough, hard surface with no signs of discomfort...how?

There is a good answer already. But I have some deeper thoughts: Snakes are possibilities. They are diversified, and classified over a huge range. Just as per their physical parameters, there are ...
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Do bull snakes keep rattlesnakes away?

Here is a quote from Wikipedia: The idea that bullsnakes occasionally eat rattlesnakes is sometimes given as a reason for humans not to harm bullsnakes when encountering them in the wild, although ...
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Aversion to snakes: How would an outdoors leader go about "curing" this condition in one of her/his charges?

Someone with an aversion to snakes has two issues when it comes to a camping trip: seeing a snake and having a panic attack or other negative reaction in a particular moment worrying about seeing a ...
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Is it very uncommon to see snakes in the woods, or have I just been unobservant?

I lived in a place in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, PA, that was on the border between suburban development and woodlands. There were about two acres of mowed lawn on our property and more in ...
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Found a black snake in my backyard. Is it dangerous?

I looked at Wikipedia, List of snakes of connecticut and the WhatSnakeIsThat listing. It seems it most likely is one of these 3 based on the back color: Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) - 20 to 60 ...
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What sort of crane, and what sort of snake?

To answer the snake part of it, looking at some information on different websites and your vague description about color (dark brown to all shade till black), I can take a few guesses. It can be ...
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How to remove a snake from a tiny hole in the generator?

You could do what I did for a friendly family of skunks under my front porch. Set up a one-way trapdoor that lets it go out but doesn't let it back in. That's what the exterminator was going to do ...
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