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Invasive Water Snakes Could Pose Risk To Native Species In California
2014-06-26 03:53:17

University of California - Davis Water snakes, commonly seen in the lakes, rivers and streams of the eastern United States, are invading California waterways and may pose a threat to native and endangered species in the state, according to a University of California, Davis, study. While scientists do not know exactly how many water snakes are in California, roughly 300 individuals of two different species — the common water snake and the southern water snake — have been found in the...

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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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...

2010-05-20 16:23:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that it is spring, pet owners will be taking their dogs outside more for walks, hiking, and camping. While fun is anticipated, pet owners should be cautious about their animals' safety, as snakes may pose a danger to dogs and humans. About 90 percent of snakebites occur between April and October throughout the U.S. During summer months, snakes show increased aggression and venom yield. The majority of snakebite deaths to humans and animals...

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...

2009-09-23 17:44:11

A South African man's world record attempt for living with the most venomous snakes ended when he was bitten on the foot by a puff adder. Johannes Swart, 34, was on his 37th day Monday living in a glass enclosure with 40 venomous snakes, including boomslangs, cobras and puff adders when one of the serpents bit him on the foot, leading paramedics to fear he could go into cardiac arrest and call off the stunt, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. I saw him yesterday and he was in extreme...

2009-09-16 10:40:27

While studying a way to more safely and effectively collect snake venom, University of Florida researchers have noticed the venom delivered by an isolated population of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be changing in response to their diet. Scientists used a portable nerve stimulator to extract venom from anesthetized cottonmouths, producing more consistent extraction results and greater amounts of venom, according to findings published in August in the journal Toxicon. The study of venoms is...

2009-08-11 13:28:42

An 87-year-old Florida woman thought she was picking up a stick; instead, it was a baby pygmy rattlesnake and it bit her, her granddaughter said. Ester Orrino of Hunters Green killed the rattler. The granddaughter called for an ambulance and Orrino was treated at University Community Hospital in Tampa, hospital records showed. The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Orrino was a farmer in Italy in her younger years and routinely killed snakes and other pests. The pygmy, one of six kinds of...

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2009-08-06 10:46:11

Venomous sea snakes have evolved to deceive their predators into thinking that they have two heads, researchers reported on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Marine Ecology, Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen and Dr Johan Elmberg found that Yellow-lipped Sea Kraits have skin markings that make their tail look like a second head. Also, they noted that the snake behaves as if the tail is another head. The performance is all part of the sea snake's effort to trick its predators so that it is less...

2009-04-27 17:46:18

Organizers of the 44th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Oklahoma said the event was aimed at educating people about the venomous snakes. The organizers said the three-day derby, which ended Sunday, annually draws an estimated 35,000 visitors to Magnum to catch, kill and learn about Western diamondback rattlesnakes, USA Today reported Monday. Kerry Kendall, co-director of the event, said every attraction is something you can bring your 4-year-old to. It's a wholesome, clean weekend, Kendall...


Latest Venomous snake Reference Libraries

Trans-Pecos rat snake, Bogertophis subocularis
2013-10-07 10:20:46

The Trans-Pecos rat snake (Bogertophis subocularis) belongs to the Colubridae family. It can be found in Mexico in the state of Chihuahua, but can also be found in The United States in New Mexico and Texas. Its habitat consists mainly of desert flats, brushy slopes and the rocky areas of the Chihuahua Desert. This non-venomous snake is known to be unaggressive by nature. It is rarely a danger to humans unless provoked or feels threatened. The Trans-Pecos rat snake is considered a medium to...

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2007-04-18 15:06:41

The Fierce Snake, also known as the Small Scaled Snake and Inland Taipan, is a highly venomous snake that belongs to the Elapidae family. The Fierce Snake is the most venomous snake in the world. A single bite from this snake can kill as many as 100 human adults. It is 50 times more venomous than the Indian Cobra, and as much as 850 times more venomous than the Diamondback. The victim of an intravenous bite from the fierce snake will die in less than two seconds. The Fierce Snake is...

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2007-02-12 21:41:13

The Indian Cobra or Spectacled Cobra, Naja naja, is a species of venomous snake native to the Indian subcontinent. The Indian Cobra is one of the four most venomous snakes in India, but is accountable for few human fatalities. Like other cobras, the Indian cobra is famous for its threat display involving raising the front part of its body and spreading its hood. On the rear of this hood are two circular patterns connected by a curved line, evoking the image of spectacles. On average, the...

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2007-02-12 21:23:02

The Black Mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is a venomous snake from Africa. They can be found in scrub land, bushes and small trees. They tend to live in permanent lairs for long periods if not disturbed. They usually make their homes in vacated insect mounds or hollow trees. The Black Mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa and the second largest venomous snake in the world. It grows to an average length of 8 feet and may even grow to over 14 feet. It gets its name from the inky...

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2007-01-10 10:15:24

The King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, is the longest of the venomous land snakes. It thrives in much of mainland India, southern China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and throughout the dense highland forests of southeastern Asia. The snake has a preference for living in areas dotted with lakes and streams, and is an excellent swimmer. Its population has decreased in some areas of its range due to the destruction of forests, but it is in no danger of becoming extinct. The King Cobra is capable...

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