When and why do venomous snakes bite? An extraordinary research

Venomous snakes when, A Brazilian biologist who wanted to find out why they bite, This By stepping on or near dangerous animals to explore, He chose an unusual method.

Joao Miguel Alves-Nunes of the Boutonton Institute credits Jararagas for his research. (jararacas) used, South Americain Ka Highly poisonous viryan, This is per year 20,000 Bites people.

Life-saving results derived from this risky endeavor, were published this month in the journal Nature.

What the study showed?

In an interview with Science magazine, Alves-Nunes, He said there had previously been little research into what factors lead to snakebites.

Special protection By boots His method of stepping on or near animals – Jararaca only bites if people touch or step on them.to enabled him to disprove the common assumption that

I went near the snake, I lightly stepped on it. I didn’t put my full weight on my leg, So I didn’t hurt the snakes. I am 116 snakeI checked the weed, Eachof and on 30 method take a step I put, Total 40,480 AtsAlves-Nunes said.

Jararaca bites chance, was inversely proportional to its size. In other words, Snake If small, Brace its fangsLal SomeoneRye bites Chances are high.

Female of this species, It is more aggressive than the male, Especially AVai When young and during daytime.

Cold-blooded snakes, More active and more likely to bite in hot weather.

Rather than touching the snakes in the middle of their body Its Touching the head increases the chances of being bitten, Research shows that.

This The information gathered from the study will help reduce the snakebite problem in Brazil.

Through our new discoveries, We predict where the bite may occur, Better antivenom distribution can be planned.

By combining our data with data from other studies showing snake prevalence, Spots where animals are aggressive can be identified. For example, More female snakes Hot spots should be a priority for antivenom distribution

Allergy to antivenom

Alves-Nunes, While stepping on or walking around snakes because of the boots he was wearing”100% He said he felt “safe”., It is selected based on the advice of experienced colleagues in the companyTh.

However, JararakaSsh Although the boots could not be pierced, When he examined a rattlesnake It is BittenTal Had to be treated in hospital.

Fortunately, I could beTh Best placem, Butan is a leader in antivenom development that He said.

But the snake bite revealed an unhappy trait to the researcher.

Unfortunately, Antivenom and the snake poison I discovered I was allergic to both. I am 15 Had to take medical leave for the day.

I now have the bite strength of rattlesnakes and jararakas, different materials and Boots I also compare how resistant they are,” He said Science Journal said.

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