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"Venomous" Bites from Non-Venomous Snakes A Critical Analysis of Risk and Management of "Colubrid" Snake Bites

ISBN-10: 0123877326

ISBN-13: 9780123877321

Edition: 2011

Authors: Scott A. Weinstein, Daniel E. Keyler, David A. Warrell, Julian White

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This book is the first significant contribution to thoroughly examine the potential hazards associated with snakes of the former family, Colubridae. This family contained 65% of living snake species (approximately 3,000 taxa) and has recently been split into multiple families. Many of these snakes produce oral secretions that contain toxins and other biologically-active substances. A large variety of these snakes figure in the pet industry, yet little documented information or formal study of their potential medical importance has been published. Therefore, although the possible medical importance of many of these species has been subjected to speculation since the mid-nineteenth century, there is a limited amount of useful descriptive information regarding the real hazard (or lack thereof) of snakes belonging to this diverse, artificial family. There is a need for "one-stop shopping" offering information regarding their possible toxicity and clinical relevance as well as recommendations for medical management of their bites. This book is the first synthesis of this information#xA0;and includes evidence-based risk assessment, hazard rankings#xA0;and specific recommendations regarding important#xA0;species, many common in captivity. Fills a gap in the toxinological, medical and herpetological literature by providing a comprehensive review of this entire assemblage of snakes, with particular attention given to their capacity, real or rumored, to cause harm to humans A patient-centered, evidence-based approach is applied to analyzing documented case reports of bites inflicted by approximately 100 species. Clinical management of medically significant bites from non-front-fanged colubroids is methodically reviewed, and specific recommendations are provided
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication date: 6/20/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 364
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

An overview of the artificial assemblage, the "colubridae": a brief summary of taxonomic considerations
Differences between buccal gland secretion and associated delivery systems of "true" venomous snakes and "colubrid" snakes: low pressure vs high pressure gland function and canaliculated vs solid dentition
Summary of the toxinology of duvernoy's secretions: a brief overview of the history of colubrid oral secretion research
Medically significant bites by "colubrid" snakes
Typical features of documented cases and evidence-based risk
Life threatening and fatal cases: "venomous colubrids" and assessment of evidence-based risk
Aberrant cases and representative cases without clear etiology: a critical assessment of risk
Pitfalls noted in documented cases: perceived versus evidence-based risk
Recommendations for management of medically significant "colubrid"bites