Snakes, Snakebites, and Humans

Perry, Gad and Lacy, Mark and Das, Indraneil (2020) Snakes, Snakebites, and Humans. In: Problematic Wildlife II: New Conservation and Management Challenges in the Human-Wildlife Interactions. Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020, Switzerland, pp. 561-580. ISBN 978-3-030-42334-6

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Indiana Jones is a fictional intrepid archeologist who, in a series of Hollywood movies starting in the early 1980s, faced a variety of perils. He dodged bullets, faced evildoers, and escaped cunning traps set by ancient civilizations to protect assorted treasures. But in Raiders of the Lost Ark, he seems to meet his match: “Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?” he rants, after dropping a torch into a chamber full of nonvenomous snakes, legless lizards, and animatronic ophidians (rest assured, he escapes intact, having achieved his mission and shown us yet again how scary snakes are). Thirty-five years later and reporting the recent scientific discovery (Dinets 2017) that Cuban boas (Chilabothrus angulifer) positioning themselves to hunt cave bats take into account where other snakes are located, the mass media report (McKirdy 2017) began with a similar sentiment: “Get ready to update your nightmares.” Snakes consistently get a bad rap in the Western world and elsewhere, but this is not a universal viewpoint (Morris and Morris 1965; Pandey et al. 2016). How snakes are perceived is one of three main topics we cover in this chapter. We begin by updating data on snakebites around the world, treating developed countries separately from the developing world because of differences in reliability of statistics, prevalence of bites, and efficacy of treatment. We use the same separation in the next section, where we discuss the current knowledge about treatment of snakebite. Finally, we return to public perceptions and folkloristic depictions of snakes around the world.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Snakes, Snakebites, Humans, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Peter
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 04:13
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2023 03:15

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