National Geographic : 1954 Sep
The Cardinal Rule of Getting Along in Wilderness Country: Watch Where You Put Your Feet Photographs on these pages show right and wrong ways to behave in snake-infested areas. An incautious hiker (left) walks over a log without seeing a coiled Diamondback. Experienced outdoorsman (right) looks before he steps. The Wise Woodsman Lift Logs and Stones as if Each One Sheltered an Angry Serpent Snakes usually avoid contact with humans, but fight viciously if cornered or surprised. Facing a log or stone when picking it up (left) is asking for trouble; stand behind it (right), and you will see snake before it sees you. 't 360 Sam I)unton, New York Zoological Society Dead Snakes Can Still Pack a Lethal Wallop; It's Safest to Investigate with a Stick If a finger touches a freshly killed serpent, the jaws may snap shut with as painful an effect as if the animal were alive. Muscles writhing long after death give rise to the belief that the reptiles wait until sundown to die.