Dangerous snakes, deadly snakes and medically important snakes

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Abstract

This correspondence argues that the dangerousness of a venomous snake species is not solely determined by the venom characteristics or the lethality of the snake, and recognizes that medical importance comprises a key variable as well. The medical importance of a snake is determined by several factors - including frequency of medical attention after a bite, local or systemic envenomation provoked by the bite, fatal bites, long term consequences, availability of antivenom therapy as well as the size of the population at risk - that may vary from one region to another.

Original languageEnglish
Article number26
JournalJournal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Snake bites
  • Snake envenomation
  • Snake venoms
  • Snakes

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