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2014-04-02 08:34:32

New and completely redesigned site offers more information on North American pit viper envenomation and resources to help ensure optimal treatment WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BTG International Inc., the specialist healthcare company, today announces the launch of a new website for CroFab(®) Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine), an antivenin for the management of patients who have received venomous bites from North American pit viper snakes. The new...

2014-02-20 23:33:04

The ecosystems that shape our planet are a delicate balance of water, mineral, plant, and animal life, and a large part of what maintains the natural order is the predator–prey relationship. In the southeastern United States, the snake population is changing and an article published in the journal Herpetologica hypothesizes that as kingsnakes become fewer, more room is available for copperheads to populate, because copperheads are common prey for the kingsnake. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB)...

Scientists Discover New Species Of Green Palm-Pit Viper
2013-05-14 16:42:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Zookeys say they have discovered a new species of green palm-pit viper located in northern Honduras. The new snake species, Bothriechis guifarroi, was previously confused with other Honduran palm pit vipers, but a genetic analysis helped reveal it to be a new species. Bothriechis guifarroi was discovered by scientists performing two expeditions in 2010 aimed at studying the fauna of Texiguat...

Rare Fungus Kills Endangered Rattlesnakes In Southern Illinois
2012-02-22 04:22:09

A small population of rattlesnakes that already is in decline in southern Illinois faces a new and unexpected threat in the form of a fungus rarely seen in the wild, researchers report. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus), a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, suffers from habitat loss and environmental stresses wherever it is found, said University of Illinois comparative biosciences visiting instructor and wildlife...

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2011-07-19 09:44:15

Marsupials that prey on venomous snakes also evolve rapidly Research published recently in PLoS One delivers new insight about rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes: pitvipers such as rattlesnakes may be engaged in an arms race with opossums, a group of snake-eating American marsupials. Although some mammals have long been known to eat venomous snakes, this fact has not been factored into previous explanations for the rapid evolution of snake venom. Instead, snake venom is usually seen as...

2009-09-30 14:36:05

Residents of a Florida neighborhood said nearby road construction caused the area to become overrun with venomous snakes. The Jacksonville neighbors said their problems with cottonmouths and water moccasins began when the reptiles' habitat was disturbed by construction to widen an Interstate 295 off-ramp to Old St. Augustine Road, WXJT-TV, Jacksonville, reported Wednesday. Several residents said they have had to kill a number of the invading serpents. Bill Richardson, whose dog was bitten by...

2009-05-05 23:41:15

Illinois wildlife officials are holding a rattlesnake roundup, this one aimed at saving the local population of eastern massasauga snakes. The snakes, growing no more than 2 feet long, are the only rattlesnakes surviving around Chicago. The Illinois Department of Wildlife, working with U.S. Fish and Game and the Lincoln Park Zoo, hopes to breed enough snakes in captivity to get local numbers back up. Experts say the eastern massasauga is shy. Joanne Earnhardt, a biologist at the zoo who heads...

2008-08-11 18:00:00

Conservationists in Wisconsin said they're trying to restore the state's Massasauga rattlesnake population. Massasauga and timber rattlesnakes were once found in every county in the state. The population was decimated, however, by decades of hunters seeking a $5 bounty, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Monday. Wisconsin ended the bounties in 1975, the same year the Massasauga was placed on the state's endangered and threatened species list. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources...

2008-07-14 12:00:13

By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 12--FRANKFORT -- State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles. Forty-four officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confiscated the snakes and other reptiles, including an alligator, in the investigation, and are...

2008-07-13 15:00:07

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles. Forty-four officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confiscated the snakes and other reptiles, including an alligator, in the investigation, and are expected to issue more than 700 charges. Animals seized...


Latest Crotalinae Reference Libraries

Bothriechis Guifarroi
2013-06-18 13:48:58

Bothriechis guifarroi is a species of green palm-pit viper located in northern Honduras. It was previously confused with other Honduran palm pit vipers. It was discovered by scientists performing two expeditions in 2012 aiming at studying the fauna of Texiguat Wildlife Refuge. This area is thought to be one of the most endemism-rich and diverse highland forests in Mesoamerica. This species represents the 15th endemic species that occurs in the region. As a member of the genus Bothriechis,...

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2007-06-25 07:03:19

The Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorus, is a pit viper found in the United States. It is a close relative of the copperhead. The Cottonmouth is found along the eastern coast, southern, and Midwest areas of the United States. Along the coast they are found as far north as Virginia and Illinois in the interior states. They are rarely found away from permanent water sources. They also enjoy open pine forests and bald cypress swamps. Cottonmouth snakes average in size from...

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2007-03-19 16:03:59

The Broad-banded Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus, is a subspecies of North American copperhead snake found in the southern United States. It can be found from Kansas through Oklahoma and throughout central Texas. It prefers lightly wooded habitats, typically with a good amount of ground debris for cover, not far from a permanent water source. They typically avoid regions with a significant population of humans. This snake is typically light tan in color, with darker brown,...

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2007-01-10 11:03:32

The Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southeastern United States. There are three subspecies of this snake. They are generally a small species that grow to between 15 to 31 inches in length. Photo by LA Dawson

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2007-01-10 11:01:33

The Desert Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii, is a subspecies of the Massasauga rattlesnake. It is found in the southwestern United States, primarily in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There are also small populations in Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and in northern Mexico. It is found in rocky, semi-arid and arid areas. The Desert Massasauga has a light gray or white base color, with dark gray or gray-brown blotches. Their underside is typically entirely white. They are among the...

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