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Venomus Pythons? New research Benefits Snakebite Victims

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by findi, 23 May 2013.

  1. findi

    findi Well-Known Member

    17 Mar 2011
    Hi All,

    In recent years, researchers have found toxins in a wide array of snakes and lizards formerly believed to be harmless…even the Bearded Dragon is not above suspicion (please see below), but venomous pythons? While working at the Bronx Zoo, I was several times called upon to assist in confiscating snakes that had appeared in the pet trade before we learned of their potentially lethal venom (i.e. Asian Watersnakes, genus Rhabdophis). All evidence of toxicity must be taken seriously…bear in mind that both the Boomslang and Savanna Twig Snake were thought to be harmless until each killed a prominent herpetologist! The recent discovery of toxins in the mucus of certain pythons poses a unique and unexpected concern for snakebite victims.\

    Studies at the University of Queensland have revealed the presence of toxins in the mucus of several python species. Read more here Venomous Pythons? - Snakebite Victims Benefit from New Research

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