Sri Lanka


On a recent trip we met some interesting people and amazing animals. Heavily affected by snakes bites, Sri Lanka is always beautiful and humbling

Sri Lanka2019-02-21T05:11:51-07:00

Ex-Durban snake handler dies after Black Mamba bite


https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/ex-durban-snake-handler-dies-after-black-mamba-bite-17255006 Durban - A former Phoenix resident whose lifelong passion was snakes died at the weekend after being bitten by a Black Mamba while extracting its venom for medical use. Ryan Soobrayan, a professional herpetologist died in hospital on Saturday, a day before his 27th birthday. Soobrayan, who relocated with his parents from Durban to [...]

Ex-Durban snake handler dies after Black Mamba bite2019-02-21T05:08:58-07:00

In vivo neutralization of dendrotoxin-mediated neurotoxicity of black mamba venom by oligoclonal human IgG antibodies


https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-06086-4 The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is one of the most feared snake species of the African savanna. It has a potent, fast-acting neurotoxic venom comprised of dendrotoxins and α-neurotoxins associated with high fatality in untreated victims. Current antivenoms are both scarce on the African continent and present a number of drawbacks as they are [...]

In vivo neutralization of dendrotoxin-mediated neurotoxicity of black mamba venom by oligoclonal human IgG antibodies2019-02-21T05:08:51-07:00

What is Snake Pharm


Snake Pharm is a biotech company exploring the potential of natural resistances to venom, with a goal of developing a low cost, highly effective treatment to snake bite.

What is Snake Pharm2019-05-01T13:16:55-07:00

Hooding behavior in Stilettos


Fig. 1. Atractaspis fallax PETERS 1867 Small-scaled Burrowing Asp HOODING AND CORKSCREW BEHAVIOUR The behaviour described here happened during a photo session with two snakes and does not appear to have been recorded before. Initially, the larger animal assumed the typical Atractaspis defence attitude (Branch, 1998, Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of [...]

Hooding behavior in Stilettos2018-09-17T13:49:00-07:00

Snake Pharm: Iquitos, Peru


Snake Pharm recently headed to the Amazon rain forest in Peru. The goal was to collaborate with the veterinary school to help with research and development of snake bite treatments.

Snake Pharm: Iquitos, Peru2019-02-21T05:08:33-07:00

Neglected Tropical Diseases


Snakebites kill more than 100,000 people per year, the World Health Organization estimates. The organization recently took a step to reduce that number by adding venomous snake bites to its list of neglected tropical diseases – a classification that could help get more resources allocated to fighting this public health problem. (WHO did acknowledge that [...]

Neglected Tropical Diseases2019-05-01T13:20:44-07:00