Vintage Snake Bite Kit

Vintage Snake Bit Kit

Growing up, my very favorite mystery series was Trixie Belden.  Trixie and her best pal Honey constantly found themselves in the middle of a mystery that had to be solved.  Trixie’s brothers Brian and Matt, along with Honey’s adopted brother Jim, and their friends Diana and Dan, all played big parts in solving the mystery.  I so much wanted to live the life described in these books.  The kids had a club together, they rode horses together, and they always were involved in an adventure.  In the very first novel, before Honey’s family adopted Jim, Trixie discovered him living in an abandoned mansion where the former owner’s wife died from a snake bite.  I learned from the book that if a poisonous snake bites, a tourniquet is applied above the bite, the bite is cut open making an X pattern with a razor, and the venom must be sucked out.  I was fascinated by this and prayed that I would never encounter a snake, poisonous or not, as I am deathly afraid of them.

This vintage snake bite kit has been on a shelf in our workshop since we added an addition a few years ago.  This past weekend I decided to get it down and look inside because I really had never paid much attention to it and I was curious.

Snake Bite Kit


Thank goodness this kit never had to be used.  It was issued to my father-in-law when he was in the army in the early 1950’s and was then passed along to Mr. SP.

Contents of Vintage Snake Bite Kit


If you don’t know the difference between a poisonous and non poisonous snake, read below so that you’ll be knowledgeable.

How to tell a venomous from a nonvenomous snake

I know the difference, but if it’s a snake, I’m out of there too quickly to check its eyes, fangs, and the underside of its tail to see if it is poisonous.  I also think that if one bit me, there would be no need for a first aid kit because I would die from the heart attack that it gave me.

What about you?  Are you afraid of snakes?


  1. I remember one of these in the bathroom cabinet of my grandparents lake cabin!!! I love that they show you how to distinguish the difference between venomous and non-venomous; however, if you’ve been able to get that close, it’s probably too late for you…

    1. You are right about getting close to the snake to figure out if it is venomous. I’d be dead from the heart attack!


  2. Ohhhh my goodness! I LOVE Trixie Belden. Now, then, and forever! Except no one else I know has ever heard of them. I was actually thinking the other day how I would enjoy rereading those books again. We have a collection – we were trying to get them all but they are hard to find. The first book is the best one and I remember the snake part for sure! I always wondered if that worked…Anyways, what a neat kit!

    1. I managed to find the entire collection, so if you ever want to reread them, you know who to ask! They aren’t easy to find, particularly certain issues. I think I finally purchased the ones that I didn’t have from eBay.


  3. I hate snakes, too. Maine is supposed to be one of the few states that has no poisonous ones! Hurrah! I can look at a rattler in a glass cage and be fine, but let a simple garter snake run across the walkway in front of me, and I let out a screech! At my last house (35+ years ago)., I had built a rustic stone retaining wall along the way to the clothesline. I caught my then-toddler daughter banging the stone wall with the wooden rake handle, saying “Go away, snakes, go away!” EXACTLY what I DID enroute to the clothesline as they loved sunning themselves on the warm rocks! Out of the mouth of babes~

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