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Death Adder

Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:48 pm

The appropriately named Death Adder is found in Australia and New Guinea. They actually hunt and kill other snakes, usually via ambush.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:50 pm

Death Adders look quite similar to vipers, in that they have triangular shaped heads and short, squat bodies. They typically inject around 40-100mg of venom with an LD of 0.4mg-0.5mg/kg.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:51 pm

An untreated Death Adder bite is one of the most dangerous in the world. The venom is a neurotoxin. A bite causes paralysis and can cause death within 6 hours, due to respiratory failure. Symptoms generally peak within 24-48 hours.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:54 pm

Antivenin is very successful in treating a bite from a Death Adder, particularly due to the relatively slow progression of symptoms, but before its development, a Death Adder bite had a fatality rate of 50%.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:55 pm

With the quickest strike in the world, a Death Adder can go from strike position to striking and back again within 0.13 of a second.


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