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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fisherman Attacked by Croc

A crocodile carried off a Ugandan fisherman. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


A Florida off-duty deputy was bitten by a water moccasin at a youth fishing event. (News source.)

An Australian man was bitten by a death adder. (News source.)

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Komodo Attack

A Komodo dragon bit a Komodo Island park ranger on the foot; it had apparently been chasing a monkey. This report doesn't say why or how it turned on the ranger.

[Update: a little more information on the attack here, but several details still missing.]

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Boomslang Bites

Two men and a women in South Africa all handled a juvenile boomslang, getting bit in the process. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alligator Attack

An 11-year old girl in Brazil was killed by a crocodilian. Several news reports call it an alligator, which of course, is incorrect. (No gators in Brazil.) The reported length (15 feet) would make it a black caiman. (News source, and here.)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Venomous News

The Maryland woman who claimed she was bitten by a loose cobra has been charged by DNR with possession of two venomous snakes. (News source.)

Utah is considering allowing residents to keep rattlesnakes. (News source.)

Australian snakebites are on the rise (News source.); a hiker in Tasmania was bitten by an unidentified snake. (News source.)

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Croc News

A Frenchman and Burundi resident is trying to hunt down Gustave, that country's infamous killer crocodile. (News source.)

A Uganda minister is trying to make it legal for residents to kill (and eat) crocodiles, which are a constant danger in that country. (News source.)

Mugger crocs in Iran are seriously on the decline due to poaching and habitat loss. (News source.)

A well-known large American crocodile, Wilma, on Sanibel, has been found dead. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

NC Rattler Bite

A Gaston County, NC, man was bitten by a rattlesnake in a friend's collection. (News source.)

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MD Cobra Bite

A very strange case where a Maryland woman claims she picked up a "stick" in a parking lot that turned out to be a cobra. Philly Zoo sent antivenom. The woman is being questioned, as the story sounds a little fishy, and venomous species are illegal in the state. (News source, here, and here.)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Another stunt by a South African man to win the world's record for days living with venomous snakes was thwarted when he was bitten by a puff adder. (News source.)

A North Carolina man was bitten by a timber rattlesnake. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Frog vs Shrew

Interesting column here.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snakebite News

A man in Adelaide, Australia, was bitten by a suspected venomous snake. (News source.)

An Australia snake park operator was bitten by an eastern brown snake. (News source.)

A curious Labrador retriever brought home a live venomous snake. (News source.)

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Crocodilian Attacks

Eight fish poachers were killed by crocodiles by a dam in Zimbabwe. (News source.)

A teenage boy in Zambia was killed by a crocodile on Lake Kariba. (News source.)

A Malaysian man used his thumbs to fend off a crocodile. (News source.)

A South African woman was killed by a crocodile in the Olifants River. (News source.)

Two girls in Namibia were injured by crocodile attacks. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rattlesnakes vs Denim

A new study shows that denim clothing often reduces the amount of venom released by a rattlesnake during a bite. (Abstract; via Zach Barton)

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Herp Attacks

A South African woman was killed by a crocodile while she was swimming in a river. (News source.)

A Czech man was hospitalized after being bitten by his pet puff adder, and he was bitten a few weeks ago by another venomous species. (News source.)

5 young children in Uganda were apparently killed by the same venomous snake when they went to get water from Lake Victoria. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Uganda Man Killed by Croc

Despite warnings not to bathe in a lake at night, a Uganda man ignored them and was killed by a crocodile. (News source.)

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Killer Croc Killed

Police in the Solomon Islands killed a crocodile they believe recently took a 7-year old boy. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Malawi Croc Attacks

A Dutch national was attacked by a crocodile while he swam in a Malawi river. Elsewhere in the country, a woman was killed by crocodiles as she was fetching water. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More Herp Attacks

A young Israeli man was killed by a venomous snake bite while hiking in South America. (News source, and here.)

Crocodiles killed a 13-year old Angolan boy, and a 12-year old Zambian girl.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bad Suggestion for Snakebite

As any competent herpetologist knows, you really can't suck venom out of a snakebite. While it is great that a Florida man survived a cottonmouth bite without losing his arm, the treatment his roommate used and the newspaper features is outdated and dangerous. The focus should have been on the antivenom the man received; getting to a hospital as quickly as possible is the only thing a snakebite victim should be focusing on. (News source.)

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