Latest Snake venom Stories
Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.
It turns out that rattlesnakes are not only dangerous, but sneaky too, as the nature of their venom varies depending on geographical location and greatly affects the treatment for bites.
Genomic mapping has changed the way animals are labeled as venomous or not. For example, if an animal's oral glands show expression of some of the 20 gene families associated with "venom toxins," current thinking labels that species as venomous.
The American College of Medical Toxicology will sponsor the Natural Toxins Academy: Clinical Applications of Cutting-Edge Research in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 2014.
Scientists writing in the journal Zookeys say they have discovered a new species of green palm-pit viper located in northern Honduras.
The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants.
The venom from one of the world’s most dangerous snakes contains a potent painkiller that works as well as morphine, but without the toxic side effects, French researchers reported on Wednesday.
Scientists are studying various plants native to Africa in an attempt to develop new, natural treatments for snakebites.
Examining venom from a variety of poisonous snakes, a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has discovered why the bite of one small black, yellow and red serpent called the Texas coral snake can be so painful.
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.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the United States and Mexico. It is found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It prefers flatlands and prairies to the rocky hills and low mountains. This snake is generally colored dark or light brown. Its pattern is a unique row of large, dark diamond shapes edged in yellow trim, running down the length of its body. The diamonds fade to dark rings around the tail, where...
Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) which have a small jointed rattle on their tails. They use this rattle as a warning device when they feel threatened. The rattle is composed of a series of nested, hollow beads which are actually modified scales from the tail-tip. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a new rattle segment is added. Since they may shed their skins many times a year (depending on food supply and consequent growth rates), and...
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