I'll be working in Kentucky in a spot inhabited by copperheads and timber rattlers. I hear it's pretty easy to accidentally step on one and get bit.
I thought, no big deal, I'll be wearing muck boots!
But all these fancy snake boot manufacturers insist I need their super-magnifico pair of expensive snake armor boots.
Is it true? Can they bite through rubber or leather like buttah?
I don't know first hand about what a snake can or can't poke his fangs through. I would say it would depend on if the snake were strong enough and big enough to punch through, but we don't plan like that. We hope for the best but plan for the worst.
Snake boots do provide the protection you'll need if you come across a large rattler that is found the hard way.
I heard or read a story years ago in which a man was wearing leather cowboy boots and got bit by a rattler through the boot. He was taken to the hospital and his brother took those boots home. He put them on and started having snake venom symptoms. A fang had broken off in the leather and scratched him.
If it were an option, a .22 caliber revolver with snake shot for self defense should also be carried.
Where I'm from, puff adders are the biggest serpent danger (some say they have the highest body count in Africa). When my neighbour first saw my work boots, he laughed and said a puffy would go straight through them. I need some steel toed behemoths, he said. I ignored his advice. Since, most of my encounters with puffy's have happened when I'm carrying brush in a bear hug and a puffy drops out, or it's found it's way inside onto my cool floor where I'm walking around barefoot, or any other situation where I'm not wearing my work boots anyway. So, for me, snake boots wouldn't have helped. Just my two cents
Short answer yes a snake can easily go through muck boots. My mother in law got bit on the pinky toe by a small rattler and almost died. She where’s them at all times in field now. Buddy got bit by copperhead 2.5 weeks in icu.
I’m hyper aware of snakes bc I’m scared of even non vipers. However I don’t have snake boots I thoroughly look where I’m working / walking etc. My luck I’d buy the boots and either feel false security and get in a bind or snake large enough would hit me in the knee or something.
During my time searching for the land in Kentucky, talking to the folks, hearing all the stories (should have asked about the boots!), all the times anyone's been bitten or almost bitten was when they stepped on the snake, or stepped over something that the snake was behind.
I keep snakes recreationally, currently, for now, but not the spicy ones. I think I have it in me to be cautious and keep my wits about me. But from what I understand, you can hear the rattlers and avoid them. It's the surprise copperheads, tho.