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2011-02-25 09:00:00

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Confronting a rattler may be a minor challenge for Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated remake of True Grit, but proper handling of poor Mattie's snakebite was a major ordeal in the old West. The tough-as-nails U.S. Marshall unknowingly perpetuates Hollywood myth by doing precisely the opposite of proper snakebite protocol, although the hero does get it right when it comes to the need for speed in seeking immediate...

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2010-11-10 12:15:00

Researchers have found that Australia's deadly redback spider has established itself in New Zealand, which poses a significant risk to humans as it threatens to colonize major cities. Scientists said the venomous redback, which is a relative of the black widow, probably found its way over there by riding on imported goods from Australia.  They said that it established itself at sites on both the North and South Islands. The government's AgResearch institute said in a study this month...

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2010-05-04 15:15:00

In an attempt to cut down on the 100,000 annual deaths caused by snake venom, the World Health Organization launched a website Tuesday that contains a database of approved antivenoms to treat people who suffer venomous bites. The antivenoms -- antidotes developed from venom -- can prevent serious disability or even death, but WHO says many are inappropriate and have led to a loss of confidence among doctors and patients, especially in tropical countries. "The regions that are most in need...

2010-04-20 07:35:00

GLENDALE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Rattlesnake season is here, and the veterinarian of the 501(c)(3) non-profit D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the world's largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary, is offering critical advice on rattlesnake bite prevention -- and what to do in the event a pet tangles with a rattlesnake. "As the temperature warms and days get longer, accidental encounters with rattlesnakes increase in the Southwest," explained D.E.L.T.A. Rescue veterinarian Gaylord Brown,...

2010-01-12 09:37:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz has traveled worldwide to collect venom and DNA from rare animals for his television series WILD RECON (Tuesdays at 9 PM on Animal Planet). Each week, Donald gets his hands on some of the deadliest animals on the planet: black mambas in South Africa, sea snakes in Australia, and even rampaging elephants in Sri Lanka. But in January, he will face his toughest challenge yet: to spend 10 consecutive days...

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2009-11-25 08:20:00

Venomous redback spiders, named after their fiery markings, are invading Japan's Osaka region, a wildlife expert recently warned. It is believed that that they actually arrived years ago aboard a cargo ship coming from Australia, most likely in a container of Australian woodchips. Japan Wildlife Research Centre official Toshio Kishimoto reports that as many as a dozen people have been bitten, including a 6-year-old boy in June, who received the first antivenom treatment in Japan. "Their...

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2009-11-19 08:39:05

Research could help lead to antivenoms and treatments With thousands of stinging cells that can emit deadly venom from tentacles that can reach ten feet in length, the 50 or so species of box jellyfish have long been of interest to scientists and to the public. Yet little has been known about the evolution of this early branch in the animal tree of life. In a paper published November 18 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, NOAA researchers Allen Collins, Bastian Bentlage and Cheryl Lewis...

2009-09-16 10:40:27

While studying a way to more safely and effectively collect snake venom, University of Florida researchers have noticed the venom delivered by an isolated population of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be changing in response to their diet. Scientists used a portable nerve stimulator to extract venom from anesthetized cottonmouths, producing more consistent extraction results and greater amounts of venom, according to findings published in August in the journal Toxicon. The study of venoms is...

2009-05-05 10:00:00

The California Poison Control System Warns that Snake Bites are Becoming More Powerful and Patient Reactions Have Increased SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The change in weather marks a change in rattlesnake behavior as well. Snakes live all over California and while most are not poisonous, the rattlesnake is. In humans, a rattlesnake bite can produce swelling and bruising and can sometimes be fatal. "Over the past couple of years we have seen an increase in powerful...

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2009-04-10 07:10:19

A Welsh university student has recently discovered that the potency and composition of a snake's venom are largely determined by its location and diet. Axel Barlow, a student at Bangor University in Wales, observed that the toxins in snake's venom appear to be specifically designed for the kinds of prey that they feed on.  As part of his final-year paper, Barlow was studying the saw-scale viper, a snake whose natural habitat reaches from northern Africa, across the Middle East and as far...


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2009-06-16 22:38:30

The Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a species of arachnid that is native to the USA from the southern Midwest south to the Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in Canada as well around southeast Ontario, and southern Quebec. Its range lies from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the south, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia. It is not usually found west of the Rocky Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, this...

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2007-02-12 21:23:02

The Black Mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is a venomous snake from Africa. They can be found in scrub land, bushes and small trees. They tend to live in permanent lairs for long periods if not disturbed. They usually make their homes in vacated insect mounds or hollow trees. The Black Mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa and the second largest venomous snake in the world. It grows to an average length of 8 feet and may even grow to over 14 feet. It gets its name from the inky...

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2005-06-14 12:40:45

The American copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) is a species of venomous viper native to eastern North America. Mature copperheads have a beautiful coppery colored head and neck. They tend to be smallish snakes, generally about 1.5 ft long (50 cm), but specimens up to 3 ft long (1 m) have been encountered. The body is thin by pit viper standards. There are four clearly defined subspecies. The Northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen) is found throughout the northeastern United...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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