Venomous Terrestrial Snakes of Malaysia: Their Identity and Biology

Indraniel, Das and Norhayati, Ahmed and Lim, Boo Liat (2015) Venomous Terrestrial Snakes of Malaysia: Their Identity and Biology. Clinical Toxinology. pp. 53-69. ISSN 978-94-007-6288-6

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Abstract

This article presents an overview of the identity and biology of the venomous terrestrial snakes of Malaysia, from Peninsular Malaysia and the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak. Two families account for a majority of venomous snakes that are of medical significance – the Elapidae (cobras, kraits, and coral snakes) and Viperidae (vipers and pit vipers). Certain members of the Colubridae are capable of giving life-threatening bites to humans (especially species of Rhabdophis), but little is known of the Malaysian species of the genus. A number of other species in the family have been implicated with human envenomation, although little objective evaluation appears to have been published. This article synthesizes data on the identification, distribution, and conservation of these snakes; provide colored images of every recognized species and subspecies of venomous terrestrial snakes of the families Elapidae and Viperidae known to occur in the country; and conclude with strategies to improve knowledge of the snakes of the country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biology, venomous terrestrial snakes, Zoology, Malaysia, Colubridae, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, education, IPTA, sarawak, kuching, samarahan, universiti
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 04:19
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 02:49
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/5238

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