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Scientists Develop New Test To Fight Deadly Snake Fungal Disease
2014-07-16 03:43:18

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes. The researchers reported on the test at the 2014 Mycological Society of America Annual Meeting. "We need people to know that they don't have to anesthetize an...

2014-04-22 23:15:35

The North American Snakebite Registry was created by The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) in 2013. Data from the pilot year were presented at the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in March, as the College announced expansion of the Registry. Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 In 2013, the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) launched the North American Snakebite Registry with eight participating medical toxicology centers. This Registry was developed in order to...

Timber Rattlesnakes Help Keep Lyme Disease In Check
2013-08-06 08:23:05

University of Maryland The scientific name of the timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, is a sign of the fear and loathing this native North American viper has inspired. But research by a team of University of Maryland biologists shows the timber rattlesnake indirectly benefits humankind by keeping Lyme disease in check. The team's findings, to be presented today in a talk at the annual conference of the Ecological Society of America, highlight the potential benefits of conserving all...

2013-06-11 23:26:35

The American College of Medical Toxicology has launched a national registry of patients with snakebite, with the goals of advancing our understanding of how venoms affect the human body and improving our ability to manage the effects of envenomation. Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) June 11, 2013 ACMT has launched the North American Snakebite Registry in order to create opportunities for collaborative research and education among physicians with expertise in the diagnosis and management of snake...

2013-03-21 16:08:10

Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it´s important to know what to do after a snake bite, according to a medical toxicologist at Baylor College of Medicine. "Many people don´t realize how much of an issue snake bites are in this area of the country," said Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology and assistant professor of medicine - emergency medicine at BCM. "In fact, our regional poison center reported 235 snake bites - including 148 from known venomous...

2012-12-20 15:12:33

Half enquiries generated by UK's only native poisonous snake, the adder Snakebite injuries account for around two phone queries every week to the UK National Poisons Information Service, indicates an audit published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. Changes in data recording mean that these figures are probably an underestimate of the true numbers of snakebite injuries in the UK, suggest the authors. They audited telephone enquiries made to the Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham and...

Endangered Species Status Considered For Eastern Diamondback
2012-05-13 04:38:48

Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service are reportedly mulling over whether or not to grant endangered species protection to the venomous eastern diamondback rattlesnake, various media outlets have reported. According to the Associated Press (AP), the Wednesday announcement is being considered because the creature, which at eight feet is the longest rattlesnake in the world, is being targeted throughout the southeastern US because of their meat and skins. The AP notes that there...

Robosquirrel To Study Animal's Encounters With Rattlesnakes
2012-04-05 07:18:23

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers in California have developed robotic squirrels that are being deployed in rattlesnake country in order to learn more about the serpents' behavior and how the two species interact with one-another. According to Matthew Knight of CNN, the robots, which were built by a team of experts working out of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), are able to replicate two moves typically displayed by their real-life counterparts when they come face-to-face...

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...


Latest Rattlesnake Reference Libraries

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2007-02-18 23:30:54

The Diamondback Water Snake, Nerodia rhombifer, is a common species of water snake found throughout much of central United States along the Mississippi River Valley. It also ranges within the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. It is also found in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Vera Cruz in Mexico. It is non-venomous and a member of the colubrid family. Diamondback water...

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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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2007-01-10 10:58:11

The Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the United States, primarily in the Great Lakes region from New York to Illinois, including Ontario in Canada. Some isolated populations are found as far south as northern Missouri. It is the only venomous snake in Michigan, where it is known as the Michigan Rattler. It is also called the swamp rattler because it prefers swamps and other wetland areas. Its common name is derived from the Native American Ojibwa...

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2007-01-10 10:54:12

The Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi, is a small species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is rarely found outside habitats of high elevation. They are found primarily in wooded mountain ranges primarily in the southwest. Human encounters with these snakes are considered rare events. This is a rather small rattlesnake, with all subspecies measuring one to two feet in length. Color patterns are generally a dark-brown base with pale or...

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