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Snake-bites: a growing, global threat


Posted on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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By Scáthach, Staff News Writer

Estimates suggest the number of snake bites around the world is far greater than previously thought.

An estimated 5.5 million snake bites happen world wide ever year resulting in up to 125,000 human deaths and 400,000 amputations. Experts however believe these numbers to be too low and that snake bites represent an increasingly problematic global health issue.

"A cryptic shape glides across the forest floor, searching, tasting the air, hunting for its next victim."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by 27vet on 24 February, 2011, 21:07
Of course people are gonna get bitten if they walk in the bush with flip flops and their eyes closed.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse on 25 February, 2011, 6:18
As humans encroach more and more on what use to be the snakes' land there will be more and more biting, it's logical. Reduce the encroachment will reduce the biting.
Comment icon #7 Posted by 27vet on 25 February, 2011, 7:21
Another point, where I am in central Africa, the locals firmly believe that snakes are the devil, so if they encounter a snake they will invariably try to kill it. I explain to them that snakes are beneficial to the environment because they eat disease carrying rodents, and that if you leave a snake alone, it will leave you alone. Unfortunately it doesn't get through to them. They have a morbid fear instilled in them by their primitive beliefs.
Comment icon #8 Posted by StarChild 83 on 27 February, 2011, 23:39
should kill em all and make boots.
Comment icon #9 Posted by thewild on 3 March, 2011, 14:26
Probably because humans' population is rising too. I dunno, Ive been here in Florida for almost a year and I haven't seen one snake even though there is a "growing threat" of boa constrictors. And I am outside quite a bit in a quiet town as well.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dharma D on 3 March, 2011, 16:53
The part about the evolving venom is really creepy. What if they start growing into giant snakes. My little brother was almost bit by a rattle snake once. We lived out in the country. We were playing outside the house and his dump truck went into a bush, when he was walking over to it I heard the rattle. I ran and grabbed him real quick by the time I got there the snake was coming out from under the bush and coiling, I just put him behind me and started walking backwards away from it. It was making the most horrible sounds, it was like a hissing that started sounding like pig noises it was so ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Consumer on 15 April, 2011, 14:42
BAHH!! Screw biting back...i hate um, ima bite first.
Comment icon #12 Posted by puridalan on 15 April, 2011, 19:15
I love snakes I find them just wonderful, I've dealt with many snakes even including the copper head, and been in some places that have had the most venmous snakes including florida and australia. I love their feel, they are so soft and sleek in my opinion, def NOT slimy. I have never been bitten (fingers crossed) even though I've worked with them for years oddly enough. Hell we used to swim right next to the water mocasians, some of them were huge! Though when I was a kid in florida, maybe in first grade not quiet, there was this big snake coming up behind me while i was in the gr... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove on 16 April, 2011, 0:15
Unfortunately, rattlesnakes are endangered here. That doesn't mean that I like them. I despise them, they give me the creeps. That being said, I'm still going to treat them with the respect they deserve.


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