DON'T ignore where you put your hands and feet in areas with lots of dangerous snakes and spiders. If you do get bitten by a venomous animal, cleanse the bite with soap and water (if available). Remove any jewelry on the hands and wrists if the bite occurred near there. Immobilize the bitten area and, if possible, keep it lower than the heart. Cover the area with a clean, cool compress or a moist dressing to minimize swelling and discomfort. Monitor vital signs (pulse and temperature) and get medical care ASAP.