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Posted by WW on October 29, 2002 at 13:55:37:
In Reply to: Re: Philodryas posted by Saker on October 27, 2002 at 14:48:51:
:Your concern is well taken. Perhaps I did come off less respective than I intended, but as I mentioned I do have experience and I do believe I could handle one of these snakes quite well.
No worries - just thought I'd mention it
:And as far as my statement if it sounded poorly researched well, it was. I'm unable to find a good source of info can you refer one to me?
Good Q, not much has been published. The PubMed database is available freely, I believe, and there, you can see abstracts of a good few snakebite and snake venom papers. www.herplit.com also has a large searchable database on reptile papers
A fatal case was briefly mentioned in the following paper:
Salomão, E.L. & M. Di-Bernardo (1995) Philodryas olfersii: uma cobra comum que mata. Caso refistrado na área da 8a. delegacia regional de saúde. Arquivos da Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia/ Sorocaba-SP, Nos. 14/15/16/ Maio de 1995.
Minton also gives a good summary of colubrid bites
Minton, S.A. 1990. Venomous bites by nonvenomous snakes: an annotated bibliography of colubrid envenomation. Journal of Wilderness Medicine, 1: 119-127.
And a recent survey of South American colubrid bites was published by Prado-Franceschi (2002)
Prado-Franceschi, J. & Hyslop, S. (2002) South American Colubrid Envenomations. Journal of Toxicology - Toxin Reviews 21(1/2) 117-158.
The general consensus is that most bites are seriously unpleasant but nto life-threatening, but even so, it only takes the one extraordinary bite...
Hope this helps,