Thousands of Australians are bitten by snakes every year, and many of these bites can be fatal. Whether you’re a farmer, a hiker, or an outdoor worker, purchasing some snake gaiters can offer peace of mind during any outdoor adventures. Here we provide an ultimate guide to snake gaiters, and tell you everything you need to know:
Protect yourself from snakes
If you’re embarking on a hike in the Australian wilderness, we assume you already have a pair of top-quality hiking boots. These are great for providing basic protection, mainly against insect bikes. However, even the sturdiest boots in Australia are unlikely to withstand a venomous snake fang.
With snake gaiters, you’ll be able to cover your hiking boots right up to your knee, providing a convenient and effective layer of protection against snake bites, as well as other insects and and scrapes and cuts from grass, branches, stinging plants, etc if this is needed.
Australia is home to some of the world’s deadliest snakes, including the inland and coastal taipans, brown snake, tiger snake and death adder to name a few. The eastern brown accounts for approximately 60% of fatal snake encounters in Australia. The widespread habitat of the eastern brown also means it is one of the more commonly seen venomous snakes. If you’re in a remote area, it is even more important to avoid a bite from any venomous snake as immediate medical attention will be required.
How to choose your snake gaiters
There is a multitude of different snake gaiters that you can choose from, including cheap and ineffective ‘knock-offs’ so it’s important to weigh up your options. Here are some of the things we think you should consider:
• Level of protection – snake gaiters cover the top of your boot, which is normally a suitable layer of protection against snakes. However, if you’re planning to trek through some long grassland or a more dangerous area, you may want to consider some leggings or chaps which will offer cover that is more comprehensive.
• Material – depending on your preferences, you’ll find comfortable and lightweight gaiters, and also waterproof, heavy-duty options. Consider what you need them for and which choice will be more beneficial. Obviously a light-weight, cheap option may seem ideal but it is useless if snake fangs can go right through the material.
• Adjustability – if you plan to only wear your snake gaiters with one pair of boots, it may not be as important that they are adjustable. However, if you have more than one pair of shoes you may want some gaiters that can be adjusted for each use. Our Snakeprotex gaiters come in various sizes to fit almost all leg shapes and sizes.
• Colour – while this normally doesn’t matter, if you’re a hunter, it may be useful to think about gaiters that won’t ruin your camouflage.
While snake gaiters have proved effective in the field, they are your last line of defence and shouldn’t be regarded as completely snake proof. You should still try to keep away from any areas with large snake populations and wear other forms of protective gear if this can’t be avoided. If you do find yourself in contact with a snake, it’s important to get medical help regardless of your snake gaiters.
For a comprehensive range of top-quality snake gaiters, get in touch with Snakesaway.
To brush up on your first aid skills we recommend you check out the Australian government’s website regarding snake bites. You can access the site here.