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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eating Herps: Risk Analysis

Eurekalert: Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Salmonella Lawsuit

A mother has filed a lawsuit against Serpent Safari for an alleged case of salmonella in her young son in 2007. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Axolotl Research

Scientists are looking to the Mexican axolotl as a model for spinal cord regeneration. (News source.)

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Frogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC is saying that a recent salmonella outbreak is connected to aquatic frogs, though I don't see anything specifically tying them all together. (News source.)

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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man survived a cottonmouth bite without losing his arm, the treatment his roommate used and the newspaper features is outdated and dangerous.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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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Snakes as Service Animals?

I can see a few problems here.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pythons in the Glades: Keep Out of the Kitchen

The pythons in the Everglades appear to have high levels of mercury, so don't cook them up... (News source.)

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Crocs in the News

A Cambodian croc farmer takes tourists through for a small fee -- showing them where the Khmer Rouge used to feed enemies to the crocodiles. (News source.)

A Congo fisherman was attacked by a crocodile, and ended up in a Texas hospital to have his arm reattached. (News source.)

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Helping Overseas

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Response Team helped US Army doctors track down antivenom and treat an Iraqi officer who had been bitten by a cobra. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gator Attack Victim Gets New Device

An alligator attack victim has received newly designed technology (a grafted patch of human skin). (News source.)

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Herps and Culture

Bolivian hunters target a species of tree lizard for tradional medicine. (News source.)

Frogs are an important traditional food source in Madagascar. (News source.)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Venom Extraction for Cancer Researchers

Copperhead venom contains a protein of interest to cancer researchers, and a SC man extracts the venom for research. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gator Bite Update

Surgeons managed to save the thumb, but only half of the index finger, after the recent gator bite on a Florida man's hand. Details here.

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A new (strange-looking) toad found in Tanzania, pictured here.

Researchers are looking at a compound in tadpoles as a potential resource to prevent skin cancer. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Herp-Related Salmonella

Four cases of reptile (turtle) related salmonella were reported from Lewis and Clark County, Montana, last year. (News source.)

[So don't slather your turtles in peanut butter...]

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A woman bitten by a rattlesnake in California ended up with close to $150,000 in medical bills, with no health insurance (due to a "lack of faith" in Western medicine). (News source.)

A tiger snake bite victim is going through rehabilitation. (News source.)

A couple more Australian snake bites noted here.

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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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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Venomous News

An Australian man was bitten by a brown snake on a Gold Coast beach. (News source.)

The drug Viprinex, using viper toxin to fight strokes, has been cancelled, failing a large drug trial. The CEO was retired/fired. (News source.)

A village in Thailand takes extra precautions for their king cobras, which they breed, during colder weather. (News source.)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Snakebites: Neglected "Tropical Disease"

A Florida man was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake. (News source.)

Three snakebites here from Australia.

A copperhead bit a young Texas boy. (News source.)

A young Australian teenager survived a tiger snake bite, when it fortunately didn't envenomate. (News source.)

A new report calls snakebites a "neglected tropical disease," which kills up to 94,000 victims a year. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Parasites Continue to Kill

An infestation of bristleworms continues to kill Australian chelonians. (News source.)

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