Snakes and Snakebites

Snake Venom and Symptoms Displayed After Envenomation

Snake Venom and Symptoms Displayed After Envenomation

There are three main categories of venom found in southern African snakes. Cytotoxic Venom Found in the “front-fanged” snakes such as the Puff Adder, Gaboon Adder (these fangs are also hinged), Mozambique Spitting Cobra, Black Necked Spitting Cobra, Black Spitting Cobra and also the Rinkhals.* Snakes use cytotoxins in their venom to kill their food-source prey quickly, and then to break down body tissue of their victims in order to…

Snakebite in the bush!

Snakebite in the bush!

There are 169 different species of snakes in southern Africa – of which, 96 are considered venomous, and of those 96, only 18 species are considered deadly. Even though the term “deadly” sounds scary, it doesn’t necessarily mean that once you get envenomated (aka bitten) that you will die immediately. Not all venoms have the same effect on all victims. What may be deadly for a mouse, may present no…