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2007-11-21 15:00:26

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK DUBLIN, Ireland - The only salmon farm in Northern Ireland has lost its entire population of more than 100,000 fish, worth some $2 million, to a spectacular jellyfish attack, its owners said Wednesday. The Northern Salmon Co. Ltd. said billions of jellyfish - in a dense pack of about 10 square miles and 35 feet deep - overwhelmed the fish last week in two net pens about a mile off the coast of the Glens of Antrim, north of Belfast. Managing director John Russell said...

2007-10-22 06:00:00

In October 2008, the U.S. plans to stop production of its only coral snake antivenin. But Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Natural Toxins Research Center might have found a replacement, according to a news release from the center. The potential replacement is a Mexican-based product called Coralmyn, which, according to the news release, is even better than the existing product. Coralmyn is effective at neutralizing the effects of both the Eastern coral snake and the Texas coral snake,...

2006-08-16 07:04:22

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To hear some punsters tell it, it's time for Hollywood to "kick asp." After endless parodies, Weblogs, videos, books, news reports and T-shirts, "Snakes on a Plane" finally opens in the United States on Friday with no one knowing quite what to expect from the super-hyped film other than a story about reptiles patrolling a panicky passenger jet. There have been no advance showings of the $30 million dollar movie after an amazing run of publicity...

2006-07-20 16:03:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snakes may make people jump for a good reason -- human close-up vision may have evolved specifically to spot the reptiles, researchers reported on Thursday. Humans, monkeys and other primates have good color vision, large brains, and use their vision to guide reaching and grasping. But while some scientists believe these characteristics evolved together as early primates used their hands and eyes to pick fruit and other foods, Lynne Isbell, a professor of...

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2005-12-28 01:35:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY -- Australia's summer -- if you can survive it, you'll love it. Australia has plenty of blue sky, a scorching sun and golden beaches washed by cooling waves. It also has a multitude of creatures that can kill you, and they all come out to play in the summer. Only one week into summer and hundreds of swimmers were chased from the surf at Bondi Beach by an unusually large shark, possibly an aggressive tiger shark or bronze whaler. Bondi Beach lifeguard Rod Kerr,who has...

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2005-11-28 16:30:00

NASA -- The most comprehensive analysis ever performed of the genetic relationships among all the major groups of snakes, lizards, and other scaly reptiles has resulted in a radical reorganization of the family tree of these animals, requiring new names for many of the tree's new branches. The research, reported in the current issue of the journal C. R. Biologies, was performed by two biologists working at Penn State University: S. Blair Hedges, professor of biology, and Nicolas Vidal, a...

2005-11-16 13:00:00

By Wendel Broere LEIDEN, Netherlands -- More lizard families than previously believed are venomous, including several species that are popular pets, scientists said on Wednesday. Until now, pain and swelling from lizard bites assumed to be non-venomous were attributed to the bacteria that thrive on bits of meat left between their teeth from their scavenging diet. However, the symptoms are actually from the venom, a finding which could have implications for medical research, said Dr. Bryan Fry...

2005-08-10 08:03:10

MADRID (Reuters) - Unusually high concentrations of jellyfish have appeared along Spain's Mediterranean coast this summer, to the discomfort of thousands of tourists, officials said on Wednesday. The Red Cross said its lifeguards had treated almost 11,000 people for stings on beaches so far this season in the northeastern region of Catalonia alone, twice the number from the same period last year, when the jellyfish count had already begun to rise. Almunecar on the south coast had to cancel...

2005-07-01 10:01:18

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Venomous snakes hampered the search forpeople missing in swirling floodwaters on Friday as parts ofeastern Australia were declared a disaster area afterdrought-easing rains swamped rural towns. New South Wales state premier Bob Carr declared a disasterin Lismore, about 600 km (370 miles) north of Sydney, a dayafter 3,000 residents of the farming town were advised toevacuate their homes. At least one man died. In neighboring Queensland state, volunteers on...

2005-06-22 12:45:00

A tiny fossil found more than 10 years ago in central Alberta has proved to be the key to answering a long unsolved evolutionary question, say researchers from the University of Alberta. Back in 1991, Dr. Richard Fox and his research team found a 60 million year-old incomplete skull fossil that they now believe is the first evidence of an extinct mammal with a venom delivery apparatus. The research will be published June 23, 2005 in Nature. "Our discovery shows that mammals have been much...


Latest Venomous animals Reference Libraries

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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

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2009-06-18 17:16:57

The Lion's Mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) is native to the northern regions of the Arctic, Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans; there are very few Lion's Mane jellyfish that can be found farther south than 42 degrees north latitude. The Lion's Mane jellyfish is the largest and longest jellyfish known and one of the longest animals in general. In 1870, a Lion's Mane jellyfish was found washed up on the Massachusetts Bay. The bell (body) of the jellyfish had a diameter of 7 feet and 6 inches...

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2007-07-16 16:18:12

The Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), also known as the Haitian Solenodon or Agouta, is a solenodon found only on the island of Hispaniola, part of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Currently, the solenodon may only be surviving in two places in the Dominican Republic: Jaragua and Del Este National Parks. Its presence in Los Haitises National Park is inferred but unconfirmed. It was discovered in 1833. The Hispaniolan Solenodon belongs to the order Soricomorpha and the family...

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2007-01-19 11:47:34

The Cuban Solenodon (Solenodon cubanus), known as the Almiqui in Cuba, is a soricomorph native to Cuba. It belongs to the family Solenodontidae along with a similar species, the Hispaniola Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). The solenodon is unusual among mammals in that its saliva is venomous. Appearance With small eyes, and dark brown to black hair, it is sometimes compared to a shrew. It most closely resembles members of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar. It is 16 to 22 inches (40...

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2007-01-02 11:41:40

The Beaded Lizard or Mexican Beaded Lizard, Heloderma horridum, is a venomous lizard found in Mexico and the southern United States. Adult Mexican Beaded Lizards range from 13 to 18 inches in length. Until recently, the beaded lizard and the Gila Monster were the only two lizards known to be venomous. Research showed that some iguanas and monitors are also venomous. The beaded lizards' venom is similar to that of some snakes (e.g. the western diamondback rattler).

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