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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Florida Lizard News

A profile on the introduced ameiva, here.

Dogs that eat the frozen iguanas in Florida may end up with botulism. (News source.)

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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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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Snake Dog

A chocolate lab is being used to sniff out indigo snakes in Georgia. (News source.)

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Venomous Snakes and Snakebite News

A bushmaster and other venomous snakes were allegedly dumped in the woods near Haskell Indian Nations University, and are being hunted. (News source.) [Almost sounds like an animal-rights ploy, like the "cobra sightings" in South Carolina last year, except there are apparently actual sightings, assuming the identifications are correct. I'm not sure why someone would dump a bushmaster -- they're not inexpensive, and it wouldn't be hard to find a new home for one.]

An alleged snakebite death in a US soldier at a training camp is being reevaluated. (News source.)

A young California girl was bitten by a rattlesnake. (News source.)

A Wyoming man tried to suck the venom out of a rattlesnake bite on his dog's nose and ended up sick himself. (News source.)

A Swaziland cobra bite victim is being sent to the US for skin grafts. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


A female gator at Jungle Gardens (FL) may be mistaking the rumble of a garbage truck for the bellow male alligator's mating call... (News source.)

A Malawi teenager was killed by a crocodile. (News source.)

A Swaziland woman was saved from a crocodile attack by her dog. (News source.)

A crocodile that killed a young Australian boy has been captured and will live out its life in captivity. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snake Hunting Techniques

Researchers in Georgia are using a trained Labrador retriever to sniff out eastern indigo snakes. (News source.)

A Malaysian man has created a snake catching device for hands-off capture of venomous snakes. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009


A Kansas dog breeder used Azium to treat an alleged rattlesnake bite, as reported in this piece. The news article (an outdoors column) calls Azium an antivenom, though, which is incorrect... It may have helped with some symptomatic relief (I'm not a toxicologist or doctor, so no statements of fact here), but the columnist is doing a major disservice (and a dangerous one) in spreading false medical information.

[Update: Per a recent comment, no, I'm not going to comment on their site. I've already sent a letter to their editor. I don't believe it is up to an online "community" to correct this sort of misinformation, (at most, we can bring issues to attention, and even then, public forums are low-rung options); it is up to medical professionals to correct medical information.]

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Snake Bites

A dog in Jupiter, Florida, died from a coral snake bite. (News source.)

A woman in the Midlands, of the UK, was bitten by an adder. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dachshund vs Mojave Green

A rare survival? A miniature dachshund was successfully treated for a bite by a Mojave green rattlesnake. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dogs and Snakes

A dog in Taiwan attacked a cobra before it could bite its master. The dog died from envenomation, as antivenom wasn't available. (News source.)

The owners of a dog in California credit a rattlesnake venom vaccine for saving their dog's life after being bitten twice. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dog Fought Copperhead

A dog in Kentucky took a bite from a copperhead that was threatening a visiting teen. (News source.)

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Croc Issues

Crocodiles are dying at Kruger National Park, investigations underway. (News source.)

Cane toads are killing freshwater crocs in Australia. (News source.)

A dog that survived a gator attack died from bite-related infections. (News source.)

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cane Toads vs Dogs

Five dogs have died in a week in the Northern Territories from cane toad poisoning. (News source.)

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Almost Got the Dog

A crocodile almost got a pet dog as it was being walked on a Cairns, Australia, beach. (News source.)

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Thursday, April 3, 2008


A high schooler in India was bitten by a cobra and taken to a hospital for treatment. After an hour, the antivenom had taken effect, and the young man expressed the wish to sit for his philosophy paper (exam). His headmaster and local police arranged for him to do so from his hospital bed. (News source.)

Another dog has died from a coral snake bite. It was a 3-year old Jack Russell terrier. (News source.)

WHO is starting a campaign in Africa against snakebites. (News source.)

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Snakes and Dogs

First, an update: Roxy, the dachshund puppy who was bit by a coral snake, at first seemed to have recovered, but sadly has died. (News source.)

In Australia, a terrier took on a tiger snake, and ended up in treatment from a bite. The dog survived, no word on the snake. (News source.)

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Dachshund Doing Fine

The dachshund puppy bitten by a coral snake is doing fine after treatment. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

2nd Adder Bite in Huddersfield

A dog was bitten by an adder, not long after a hiker was bitten, about a mile from the previous site in Huddersfield (UK). (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008


A dachshund puppy in Florida is being treated for a coral snake bite. (News source.)

A woman in Huddersfield, UK, was bitten by an adder while walking the heath. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Python vs Chihuahua Mix

Python won. An Australian family's small pet ended up a meal for a 5m carpet python. (News source.)

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