If you wear rubber boots outside to do yardwork or brush clearing, you could find yourself faced off with an angry rattler.
This is why it is important to make sure rubber boots are rattlesnake bite proof.
Types Of Rubber Boots
- Rain boots
- Gardening Boots
- Work Boots for light construction (usually made of additional materials)
- Basic all-purpose rubber boots (the popular black ones at the local gardening or hardware store)
All rubber boots have full rubber makes and soles. Black all-purpose rubber boots you find at the hardware store come with a little extra protection around the lower foot and toe region. Work boots are often made of leather and include a rubber coating for water resistance. Rubber boots of all types are often pullover for convenience.
Parts Of A Rubber Boot
The main parts of rubber boots include:
- Metatarsal Region
13 inches of the ankle and lower leg region may be covered in a regular all-purpose rubber boot. Regular rubber boots are non-chainsaw cut-resistant boots, which means they are not protected from strong forced cuts or punctures. This implies that they may not protect the wearer from a large rattlesnake bite.
Added Steel Toe
Some rubber boots include added toe strength with additional rubber or a steel toe insert. However, a steel toe can protect ONLY your toes from a snake bite.
Rubber Boot Materials And Thickness
Common unisex rubber boots are usually made of PVC rubber. Thickness may be ~3 mm expanding to 4 mm for extra protection on areas such as the toe region. The midsole region may also include a rigid plastic construction.
More fashionable gardening boots may have less rubber thickness overall, such as 3mm for the entire boot and no extra toe or ankle protection. These are designed mostly to keep the foot dry while working in the wet dirt or mud.
Some rubber boots are made of proprietary material, such as Flexothane.
This is a polyurethane coating over a knitted fabric making it highly tear-resistant.
Work Boots Or Hiking Boots With Rubber Soles
Most work boots or hiking boots include a thick rubber sole that can protect them from any type of animal bite. The toes may also include added material and a steel toe. However, the top part of the boot may be made of synthetic leather or thin rubber material that may not be thick enough to prevent a strong snake bite from penetrating.
Thus, hiking or work boots may not be ideal for resisting snake bites but they are certainly better than wearing sneakers or flip-flops. So if you must, choose these boots when going into snake territory. Wearing additional thick wool socks underneath may add a bit of protection as well.
Weak Points on Rubber Boots
The metatarsal and ankle regions are the weakest points on rubber boots when it comes to rattlesnake bites. The arch is tight against the skin and allows no room between the rubber and the skin making it easier for a snake tooth to reach. The boot ankle is also exposed to a side strike by a snake and usually does not have added material there for protection.
Rubber Boots vs. Snake Proof Boots
Rubber Boots Stop Body Heat From Emanating
Snakes respond to the body heat signature of the person or animal nearby, similar to other animals and insects. Snakes are active at night as well as the day and can spot body heat during this time period. Reading body heat allows snakes to not waste their venom on an animal that is not clearly alive and a threat.
Rubber boots do a fairly good job of keeping body heat from emanating. This allows them to go a long way in protecting the wearer from snake bites. Snake boots, however, are specifically designed to block the wearer’s heat signature and therefore are better suited for this purpose.
Snake boots are designed to prevent snake bites from puncturing and reaching the skin, so they are the ideal boot to wear in snake territory. If you bet on wearing basic rubber boots, you could be in for a painful awakening. However, rubber work boots are designed to stop punctures, and snakes will not try to chew through the material regardless. Snakes mostly only perform a basic strike that does not have enough power to pierce the rubber material. So, thicker rubber work boots should be capable of stopping rattlesnake bites.
Basic Rubber Boots Are Cheaper Than Snake Boots
Special snake boots can run into the hundreds of dollars, but general-purpose rubber boots can be in the low tens of dollars. You can also find cheap rubber boots almost anywhere they sell outdoor or gardening equipment. The idea is to go out with at least some protection from rattlesnake bites, and basic rubber boots can provide this.
Rubber Boots Provide SOME Protection
If you do not have a good pair of snake boots, wearing a basic pair of rubber boots to garden or work in the brush is better than wearing tennis shoes or sandals. It’s alway best to be as safe as you can when it comes to rattlesnakes, so wearing rubber boots can provide you with some protection.