Panama does have snakes, but it’s very rare to come across one while hiking. By taking a few basic precautions, you can usually avoid being bothered by snakes. Be careful around piles of dried leaves or fallen trees, as snakes can sometimes be found beneath these. If you are bitten, remain calm and get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. Keep the wound below the heart and do not try to suck out the poison, as this can actually make the situation worse.
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