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,
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 informationand includes evidence-based
risk assessment, hazard rankingsand specific recommendations
regarding importantspecies, 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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