Snakebite is a neglected ‘disease’ of circumstance, that primarily affects some of the world’s poorest people. Bites are common in rural areas of tropical and sub-tropical developing countries and often affect agricultural workers and children. Antivenoms are essential in the treatment of dangerous snake bites, yet they are expensive and require refrigeration, making them difficult […]Read More Snakebite in Swaziland: Q&A with Thea Litschka-Koen
It sounds like an unlikely statement but could poaching actually help spider conservation? As someone who has kept and bred critically endangered tarantulas, it is not lost on me that many of the species we see in captivity are probably descended from illegally collected adults. But is this necessarily a bad thing from a conservation […]Read More Could poaching be helping tarantula conservation?
Species in Focus is a series of short posts about interesting species I’ve seen with tips on identification and where you can also see them. Identification: The Sunda Island Pit Viper (Trimeresurus insularis) looks a lot like many of the other green pit vipers that are found across Asia and shares its range with the […]Read More Species in Focus: Sunda Island Pit Viper
A large reticulated python (Malaypython reticulatus) has killed and swallowed a man in Salubiro, Karossa district, West Sulawesi, Indonesia. 25 year old Akbar was attacked and killed by the 7m (23ft) snake, whilst he was harvesting palm oil. He had been reported missing to the police 24 hours previously and whilst searching for him, villagers […]Read More Giant python eats man in Sulawesi (graphic!)