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if and only if[edit]

If (and only if) the victim is more than an hour away from a medical facility, place a lightly constricting band (that admits one finger beneath it) above the bitten area to prevent the systemic spread of the venom.

This line needs to be changed to reflect the intended meaning of "If (and only if)". As it is now it means that if you have placed a lightly constricting band around the wound, the victim is more than an hour away from a medical facility. But I'm sure it's meant to mean that you should not use a band if you are an hour or less away from a medical facility.

It would also be nice to know why you shouldn't if you're nearby to a medical facility, I assume it's because it wouldn't be worth the time spent, but I can't read the citation so I don't know the reason. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:33, 26 April 2015‎ (UTC)

It's correct as written. You're parsing it as the formal logic operator iff, which is not applicable in the context of this article, and in any event is not applicable when the subject clause of the condition ("place a lightly constricting band...") is an imperative clause rather than a declaratory clause. TJRC (talk) 16:02, 26 April 2015 (UTCbe carefull)
So, what is wrong with changing it? There may be more than one way to make it correct as written, and some of them may cause less confusion. SlowJog (talk) 15:32, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Hibernation or brumation?[edit]

I edited the article on the timber rattler, changing "hibernate" to "brumate." After that, I thought I'd come here to see what this article says. I see it has a section on hibernation. From the article on hibernation, generally only warm blooded animals can hibernate,so the term shouldn't apply to snakes. But, now I'm hesitant to make the change. What are others' thoughts? SlowJog (talk) 15:24, 6 June 2015 (UTC)