A dugite (Pseudonaja affinis)
Over 150 types of venomous snake live in Australia. But deaths from snakebite are vanishingly rare. From snake behaviour to human innovation, here are the reasons why.
People most at risk from snakebite are often from the most impoverished populations.
The World Health Organisation has a plan to halve deaths and disability from snakebites
Black mambas are extremely dangerous.
Coordinated international efforts may be key to improving the life expectancy and health of many snakebite victims.
Echis, also known as the saw-scaled viper, dominates snakebite statistics and kills more people annually than any other.
Indian-made antivenoms, common throughout Africa because they are affordable, showed little-to-no neutralisation of the African Echis venoms.
An eastern brown snake (
Pseudonaja textilis) in characteristic defensive posture. Orange spots on the snakes underside are a distinctive feature of brown snakes.
There has been at least one fatal bite from a very small brown snake in Australia. But now we know that venom is different in adult and baby brown snakes.
Bites from brown snakes like this one were the most common, followed by
tiger snakes, then red-bellied black snakes.
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Don’t hold back. Performing CPR on a snakebite victim who has collapsed can save their life, however imperfect your technique.
The best cure against a snakebite is to avoid being bitten at all. Here is what you need to know about snakebites, antivenom, and what you need to do if bitten.
The black mamba is one of the most notorious venomous snakes in the world.
One way to tackle the snakebite antivenom crisis may be through biotechnological innovation to make antivenoms more cost-effective, easier to produce, and more efficacious against snakebites.
Research into their molecular components shows venoms aren’t all bad.
Many venoms contain bioactive components that are so stable to the body’s enzymes and selective of their biological target that they’re increasingly being used as novel research tools.
A tiger snake is milked for its venom.
Snake image from www.shutterstock.com
Your guide to the cocktail of deadly chemicals in animal venom.
Australian snakes can kill the most mice with the smallest amount of venom.
Australian snakes are the best mouse killers in the whole world. And while that’s clearly bad news for mice, how does it translate into human risk?
Spiders such as this funnel-web (Hadronyche infensa) will only bite if threatened.
There are more than 45,000 species of spider, but only a handful are potentially dangerous to humans.
Stephens’ banded snake is one of Australia’s few arboreal (tree-dwelling) venomous snakes.
Most people avoid venomous creatures, but they can also teach us a lot about chemical reactions that take place outside of the body - or exochemistry.
The inland taipan is world famous for its venom.
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes. The snake that holds the popular title of “world’s most venomous” is the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus…
Past studies have indicated the redback spider antivenom is effective.
Media reports about the redback spider antivenom being ineffective caused a bit of a stir recently. The articles were based on research presented at a major toxinology conference in Dubai. To understand…