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Bear Spray on Snakes?

Is bear spray effective against snakes?

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Question:

Is bear spray effective against snakes?

Submitted by – Jim, Waynesville, OH

Answer:

As far as I know, there are no products currently registered as snake repellents. On the other hand, there are stories of people spraying snakes, sometimes venomous snakes, with bear spray–and the snakes have quickly retreated.

If you feel threatened by a snake, and you have bear spray handy, my guess is that the snake will lose interest in you if you give the snake a shot in the face, especially the eyes.

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