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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...

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...

2009-05-22 14:39:27

Pollution, climate change, invasive species and habitat destruction are killing Europe's native reptiles and amphibians, wildlife experts said. Fifty-nine percent of all European amphibians and 42 percent of reptiles are declining and face even greater risk than European mammals and birds, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said. In all, 23 percent of Europe's amphibian species and 21 percent of its reptile species have been classified as threatened and added to the...

2009-04-29 01:38:59

A British letter carrier got an unpleasant surprise when a venomous snake lurking in a post box bit him on the hand. Alan Wakley told the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News he is sure the snake, small and olive-green in color, was an adder. But he said his hand did not become swollen so the snake may not have actually injected him with venom, although he could see the mark of its fangs. The collection box in Brean Cove in Somerset, set into a wall, has now been sealed off with a sign: Out...

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2009-04-10 07:10:19

A Welsh university student has recently discovered that the potency and composition of a snake's venom are largely determined by its location and diet. Axel Barlow, a student at Bangor University in Wales, observed that the toxins in snake's venom appear to be specifically designed for the kinds of prey that they feed on.  As part of his final-year paper, Barlow was studying the saw-scale viper, a snake whose natural habitat reaches from northern Africa, across the Middle East and as far...


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  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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