Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Snake-bites: a growing, global threat

Posted on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: Christian Mehlführer

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."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News

  Discuss: View comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Valguss on 24 February, 2011, 17:08
nice one Phykotic:behavior, Ive been bighting back for years now =)
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
Agreed. Or worse case, bite back. LOL! 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 grass, my fath... [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.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


 Stories, Sightings & Experiences
  What’s in the window?
  Dream - Reality
 Dreams & Consciousness
  Dream - Reality
  First meditation - is it going the right way?
  Sleep Paralysis
World's last male northern white rhino dies
The last remaining male of the species, Sudan, was put down on Monday after several months of ill-health.
Did a mystic predict Putin's rise to power ?
During a meeting in 1979, blind mystic Baba Vanga allegedly predicted that Putin would 'rule the world'.
New study hints at 'Oumuamua's origins
Researchers believe that it is very likely that the interstellar asteroid came from a binary star system.
Ghostly figure filmed aboard the HMS Victory
Tony Ferguson had been visiting the historic vessel in Portsmouth when he caught something strange on film.
Other news in this category
World's last male northern white rhino dies
Posted 3-20-2018 | 5 comments
The last remaining male of the species, Sudan, was put down on Monday after several months of ill-health....
World's last male northern white rhino 'ill'
Posted 3-2-2018 | 13 comments
Conservationists have reported that the health of the last male northern white rhino is rapidly deteriorating....
New penguin 'supercolony' found in Antarctica
Posted 3-2-2018 | 14 comments
Scientists have discovered a huge colony of over 1.5 million rare penguins on a remote Antarctic island....
Rare footage shows elusive Greenland shark
Posted 3-1-2018 | 9 comments
Two scientists have succeeded in recording very rare footage of the notoriously elusive Greenland shark....
New tardigrade species found in a car park
Posted 3-1-2018 | 4 comments
A strange new species of tardigrade, or 'water bear', has been discovered in a Japanese car park....
Mystery surrounds zoo lioness with a mane
Posted 2-25-2018 | 11 comments
Zoologists have been left puzzled by a female lion that has mysteriously sprouted mane-like head and neck hair....
Scientists to explore 'mystery' ecosystem
Posted 2-12-2018 | 4 comments
A new expedition is set to investigate an unexplored ecosystem hidden beneath a huge Antarctic iceberg....
Aquarium captures footage of hatching octopus
Posted 2-11-2018 | 5 comments
The remarkable video shows the moment a young cephalopod emerges from its egg and changes color....
Are woodpeckers damaging their own brains ?
Posted 2-4-2018 | 7 comments
The act of hitting tree trunks thousands of times may actually be giving woodpeckers brain damage....
New study finds that polar bears are starving
Posted 2-2-2018 | 9 comments
The diminishing Arctic sea ice is making it almost impossible for polar bears to satisfy their energy needs....
Killer whale learns to say 'hello' and 'bye'
Posted 1-31-2018 | 9 comments
A 14-year-old orca named Wikie has succeeded in imitating some of the words spoken by her trainer....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ