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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...

2013-02-27 11:09:07

The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants finds a study published in the launch edition of BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases (JVATiTD). These may be a source of potent drugs to treat human disease. The saw-scaled viper family Echis, responsible for most snake attacks on humans, are recognizable by the 'sizzling' noise they make, produced by rubbing together...

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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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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.