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Sanford, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Sanford Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Sanford wildlife removal.

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Since childhood, I have had an uncontrollable drive to learn everything possible concerning snakes.  The species or sub-species made no difference at all, I was completely captivated by any snake that crossed my path both in real life or on paper.  There are between 2.800 and 3.000 species of snakes living today and new species are being discovered yearly from around the world.  As I grew up and finally left home, I was able to seek out different species and spend time actually handling them and adding to my notes. I became interested in venomous species after receiving a bite on my left hip while crossing a beaver dam one evening in Georgia.  My right leg had went through the top layer of dried sticks and as I went down, I managed to drag a Southern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon p. piscivorus) down with me and when I hit the bottom it turned and one fang hit my wallet and the other hit my on the hip. 

After escaping the scene, I was taken to a country doctor who looked after me in his kitchen for a few hours.  He was a real country MD who was semi retired and just saw folks from the country side when they needed him, in the comfort of his living room.  We talked and he explained quite a bit about venomous snakes that I had not already learned.  He told me things that captivated me, things like, a snake can inject venom from the left or right fang, from both fangs or not inject any venom at all. He said I was lucky and the snake that tagged me delivered a "Dry" bite and injected no venom!  By the time I left that doctors home I had decided to make venomous snakes my specialty of study, and at 21 years old, I had a few years ahead of me to learn what I could about these amazing creatures. 

Little did I know that at the age of sixty I would still only have scratched the surface with regards to the secrets snakes hide from humans.  Since that day in 1972, there has not been a day that passed in which snakes had not been a topic of conversation in one way or another.  I have made it a point to learn something new about these wonderful creatures every day since then.  That was 38 years ago and I still learn something new every day, believe it or not.  Scientist are still ignorant when it comes to knowing all there is to know about these creatures and with new technology coming of age all the time, new facts are being learned constantly and old beliefs are being replaced by new fact.

In 1995, I had been reading about a man who is considered the father of serpentology, Mr. Bill Haast of Miami Serpentarium had been working with snakes almost all of his 80 years and still remained very active in the world of Herpetology.  Name a snake and Bill has most likely worked with it and probably been bitten by it at one time or another.  He had started injecting himself with minute amounts of Elapid venom, from snakes such as cobras, krates, coral snakes and mambas to name but a few in order to build up an immunity to their venom which could save his life should he receive a bite from one in the future.  His efforts were not in vein when he received a bite from an Indian cobra with very little reaction to the venom.  His body had built up its own anti venom against the snakes he had used in the serum he perfected. 

In more then one instance, his blood was injected into snake bite victims who could not take anti venom with the same results as the anti venom would have delivered, a complete reversal of symptoms and a full recovery.  The venom Elapids, is for the most part a neurotoxin and does little destruction to tissue, it merely stops organs from functioning.  In most instances, the venom of a cobra for example will shut down the nerve centers which signal the lungs to function and death is a result of respiratory failure, in others, the muscles stop functioning, the heart forgets to pump blood and death is a result of cardiac failure and so on.  Vipers and Pit Vipers are different for the most part in that they destroy tissue as well as the tissue of certain organs.  The necrotic tissue is spilled into the blood stream and filtered by the Kidneys. 

I probably get four calls or letters a year asking me the best method of starting an immunology project with various species of snakes and my answer is always the same, "Don't do it".  Does that make me a hypocrite or someone who wants to hoard the information all to himself? I say NO.  I refuse to help someone for the same reasons that others refused to help me!  Humans are individuals and each acts separately to any toxin injected into the body.  I am not by any sense of the word a medical doctor, I know how to treat myself if bitten but I don't know how to treat anyone else other then getting them to a doctor who can help them.  To undertake a project like this, takes a great deal of study and has to have a good amount of luck to boot. 

If you were sensitive to a venom, an anaphylactic reaction could kill you within five minutes after the injection.  Had I not done it years ago, I would not start doing it now, there are to many cons that could end up putting you in a box or paralyzed in some bed for the rest of your life and nothing is worth that.  I chose to immunize against Pit Vipers and Vipers because I work with them every day and have received a few more tags since the Eastern diamondback bite and I am pleased with the results of my project.  If I specialized in non venomous snakes, I would never have started it anyway, there would have never been a need.  In the end, the benefits well outweigh the risks especially when I stopped drinking and dropped the 35 excess pounds.  The one other added bonus comes from the Southern Copperhead venom I have used over the years!  This venom contains a small protein which is called "Contortrostatin" and has been proven to halt cancer in its tracks, it stops the spread or migration of cancer to other parts of the body and shrinks the tumor if one exists.  So I came out smelling pretty good but please I am begging you, talk to your family doctor prior to undertaking any program that has anything to do with your health.  That was the reason for not stating the amounts of venom used and how it was transformed into a vaccine from raw venom.  There is no quick fixes out there and standard medical treatment is still the golden rule for halting any disease. 

This was my story and I do not have any regrets for any of the actions I have taken, as unethical as they might seem.  My story is exactly that, my story and only a fool would attempt to copy me as the vital parts to my vaccine have been left out.  Do yourself a favor and go mainstream, if you deal with venomous species of snakes on a daily basis, you have to decide for yourself as to which is the best way to overcome a bite but I reiterate, "Go Mainstream", it is much safer.  Proper instruction when handling venomous snakes is essential and there is absolutely no substitute for proper training and even then it takes years to graduate with the title of "Expert handler".  Be safe!

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First, don't kill nonvenomous snakes. Any given area can only support a fixed number of snakes. If you kill the nonvenomous snakes that leaves a food supply that could support a population of venomous snakes.

Remember to stay a safe distance from the snake. Snakes usually strike about 1/2 their body length, but they can strike farther. You also don't want to trip and fall on the snake.

80% of bites occur when someone tries to catch or kill a snake. The safest thing you can do if you see a snake is to leave it alone. (It's probably protected by law anyway.)

85% of bites in the United States occur on the hand and forearm. 50% involve a victim under the age of 20. 70% of bites in the United States involve alcohol consumption.

If you have a snake in your yard, either call someone trained in their removal or stand at a safe distance and spray it with a garden hose. Snakes hate that and will leave quickly.

Step on logs rather than over them. Snakes coil beside logs in the "Reinert Posture" and might mistake your leg for a predator or prey.

Do get a tetanus shot.

Don't cut the wound - This almost always causes more damage than it's worth.

Don't use a tourniquet - This isolates the venom in a small area and causes the digestive enzymes in the venom to concentrate the damage.

Don't use alcohol orally - it speeds the heart and blood flow and reduces the body's counter-acting ability.

Don't use ice - Freezing the stricken limb has been found to be a major factor leading to amputation."

Remember, snakes have their place in the ecosystem and were around long before we arrived. We are the visitors in their garden. Snakes are quite capable of defending themselves, but are reluctant to do so. If you follow a few common sense rules you can minimize an already very small risk of snakebite during your outdoor adventure.


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