Saturday, March 10, 2007

rattlesnake venom primer

Since this weekend proves to be interesting, thought I might provide you with this-

There are 3 types of rattlesnakes in Georgia-
The Pygmy, the eastern diamondback,and the timber.

Usually, the venom is either a neurotoxin or a hemotoxin.
Venom is modified saliva.
A neurotoxin causes weakness and paralysis,
A hemotoxin destroys tissue and blood cells.
Both can digest tissue.
7 out of 15 rattlesnake bite victims die from the invenomation.
There is almost always scarring
Since the habitats of these snakes overlap, there are reports of hybrids between 2 different species.
If a neurotoxic snake and a hemotoxic snake mate and produce offspring, the snakes could be capable of producing both toxins at the same time in different quantities.
If you're bitten by a snake, your doctor better know that.
Hemotoxins are not especially painful, but are the more deadly of the two, since your organs can be liquefied.

Say hello to Okefenokee Joe for me

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

... I didnt get bitten, but I did end up paralyzed & weak most of the weekend.... could have been the Scotch though, I'm not totally sure...