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Handbook of Venoms and Toxins of ReptilesArtist/Author: Mackessy, Stephen P.
The Handbook of Venoms and Toxins of Reptiles offers “one-stop shopping” to all biologists, biochemists, toxicologists, physicians, clinicians, and epidemiologists, and informed laypersons interested in the biology of venomous reptiles, the biochemistry and molecular biology of venoms, and the effects and treatment of human envenomation. This book examines the topic generally, provides an overview of the current taxonomy of these reptiles, explains the similarities and differences in the venom delivery apparatus in different groups of reptiles, reviews state-of-the-art knowledge about specific venom components and their action, and summarizes effects of envenomation and treatment in humans on different continents.
Produced by leading toxinologists, biologists, biochemists, and physicians from 12 countries, the book provides a broad, international perspective that bridges divergent areas in modern biology. A synthesis of current knowledge about venoms and venomous reptiles, it contains a wealth of illustrations, including an 8-page color insert, that present a view of reptile toxinology from the whole animal to the glands producing venoms to the molecular models and the mechanisms of actions of the toxins themselves.
The book provides a context for understanding the range of activities present in venoms and supplies detailed information on many enzymes and toxins found in them, bringing into focus the worldwide extent of the occurrence and complexity of human envenomations by reptiles. It explores the unique and interesting results produced by collaborations between specialists from very different fields and how they can stimulate new and continued interest in research on venoms and the animals that produce them.
Australia’s Dangerous Snakes: Identification, Biology and EnvenomingArtist/Author: Mirtschin, Peter, Arne Rasmussen and Scott A. Weinstein.
Australia’s venomous snakes are widely viewed as the world’s most deadly and are regarded with cautious curiosity, fascination, and, regrettably, fear. Australia’s Dangerous Snakes examines the biology, natural history, venom properties, and bite treatment of medically important venomous marine and terrestrial snakes. It contains comprehensive identification profiles for each species, supported by keys and photographs. In addition to their medical importance, the environmental role of snakes and the threats that are causing the decline of many of these reptiles are discussed. Drawing on the authors’ experience in the fields of herpetology, toxinology, and clinical medicine, this book stimulates respect and admiration and dispels fear of Australia’s fascinating snakes.
Australia’s Dangerous Snakes will provide hours of rewarding reading and valuable information for anyone interested in Australia’s unique wildlife and natural history, and will be an essential reference for herpetologists, toxinologists, physicians, zoo personnel, and private snake collectors.
* Contains comprehensive identification profiles for each dangerous snake species, supported by keys and photographs.
* Describes the production, actions and uses of venoms.
* Provides information on the risks and clinical management of snakebite and envenoming.
Venom Doc: The Edgiest, Darkest and Strangest Natural History Memoir EverArtist/Author: Fry, Bryan Grieg.
Welcome to the strange and dangerous world of Bryan Grieg Fry. This is a tale of a life spent living and working with snakes. Lots of very, very poisonous snakes and other venomous creatures, from the Malaysian king cobra to deadly scorpions. In this action-packed ride through Bryan’s life you’ll meet the man who’s worked with the world’s most venomous creatures in over 50 countries. He’s been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and stung by three stingrays – and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while deep in the Amazon jungle. He’s also broken 23 bones, including breaking his back in three places, and had to learn how to walk again. But when you only research the venom you’ve collected yourself – the adventures, and danger, will just keep coming. Dividing his time between scientific research and teaching at the University of Queensland, TV filming and collecting expeditions around the world, Bryan and danger are never far from one another.