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By Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Scott Shupe

The well-known military guide, now up-to-date and again in print!

Originally released in 1962, and entirely up to date and colorized by means of Scott Shupe, Poisonous Snakes of the World is the correct functional advisor not to merely snake chunk survival, yet to appreciate and choosing each venomous snake in the world. no matter if no existence hangs within the stability, this guide is a brilliant reference advisor for the outside fanatic, the reptile lover, or somebody with a thirst for pragmatic, how-to wisdom.

With this entire version, you may be armed with the most thorough volumes on hand for facing those excellent reptiles, together with definitive suggestion on:

  • Precautions to prevent snake bites.
  • Identifying the indicators and symptoms of snake venom poisoning.
  • First-Aid and clinical treatments.
  • Recognizing toxic snakes.
  • Indigenous species to numerous areas round the world.
  • Sources of Antivenin.

Snakes might be between essentially the most lethal creatures on this planet. also they are tremendous interesting, and through taking the right kind precautions, should be loved and preferred. From the Monocle Cobra to the Gaboon Viper, learn how to worry and appreciate those very good reptiles. 450 colour pictures

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2:13-14. Western Barred Spitting Cobra, Naja nigricincta, black phase CHAPTER 4 FIRST AID INTRODUCTION Since this volume was first published in 1965 understanding of snake venoms (and the way those venoms impact on living tissues) has expanded considerably. Likewise, the first aid and treatment of venomous snake bites has undergone significant change. So much so in fact, that the chapter written on this subject by the previous authors was so outdated that this author has elected to re-write this chapter completely.

Weakness, sweating, faintness, and nausea are commonly reported. Regional lymph nodes may be enlarged, painful, and tender. A very common complaint following bites by some rattlesnakes, and one sometimes reported following other pit viper bites, is tingling or numbness over the tongue and mouth or scalp. Paresthesia about the wound is sometimes reported. Viperid envenomation is characterized by burning pain of rapid onset, swelling and edema, and patch skin discoloration and ecchymosis in the area of the bite.

Each venom gland is invested in a connective tissue sheath which is invaded by the muscles that contract it during discharge of the venom. The innervation of these muscles is different from that controlling the biting mechanisms: thus, the snake can control the amount of venom it ejects. It can discharge venom from either fang, from both, or from neither. Snakes rarely eject the full contents of their glands. Most rattlesnakes probably discharge between 25 and 75 percent of their venom when they bite a human.

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