Latest Venomous snakes 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.
Over the weekend, a Lowe's customer in Mississippi was bitten by a snake on a store rack. Resident snake expert breaks down what breed of snake this probably was, and if people should actually be afraid. (Hint: They shouldn't.)
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.
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.
North American and Australian snakes evolved independently, but into similar body types over millions of years. These snakes are stout-bodied and highly camouflaged, which help them move and ambush prey more efficiently.
The North American Snakebite Registry was created by The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) in 2013.
New and completely redesigned site offers more information on North American pit viper envenomation and resources to help ensure optimal treatment WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., April 2,
Scientists from Ohio University reported that they discovered the oldest fossil of a modern venomous snake in Africa. The discovery provides evidence that snakes such as cobras, kraits and sea snakes were present in Africa as early as 25 million years ago.
A team of California researchers has developed a novel approach to treating venomous snakebites by administering antiparalytics topically via a nasal spray, a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce the estimated 125,000 global snakebite fatalities each year.