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.
|Journal||Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Oct 2013|
- Snake bites
- Snake envenomation
- Snake venoms