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by Carman Clark

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God has made us different,
he made us so unique.
We slither on the ground,
we have no hands and feet.
Though you find us scary,
or maybe just plain weird,
our intentions are not to hurt you
or cause you such great fear.
Our venom's not meant for humans
but to help us when we eat.
So, please stop the senseless killing
before we're all extinct.
We're not saying you have to love us
or tell us we're the best.
God's the one who created us.
So, treat us with respect.

written by Sarah Clark
for Southeastern Reptile Rescue



Fears are educated into us
and can, if we wish,
be educated out.
-Karl A. Merringer

A righteous man cares for
the needs of his animal...
Proverbs 12:10

The snake is an animal.
It has a backbone and a heart.
It has red blood.
It drinks water and eats food.
It breathes air and feels fear
just like every other
animal in the world.
And, it's in a body that's
the hardest thing
for the average
person to understand.

 Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake 

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake holds the title as the largest rattlesnake in the world. Some accounts report lengths of over eight feet. The average size of this snake is actually three to five feet in length. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake inhabits the Southeastern US including parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and all of Florida. This species has been declining for years due to habitat destruction, rattlesnake roundups and other human persecution. It is often found near gopher tortoise burrows in which it finds refuge throughout the year. This snake is known to be an excellent swimmer and is often spotted crossing waterways between barrier islands and the mainland off of coastal areas.

The shaded areas on the map above shows the Eastern Diamondbacks natural range in Georgia.


Snake venom could cure stroke

Rattlesnakes could help save lives

A drug made from rattlesnake venom may be able successfully to treat victims of stroke, researchers have claimed.

The researchers claim the experimental drug, called Ancrod, lowers levels of a blood-clotting substance in the blood and may be able to reverse the effects of a stroke.

It could also protect against further strokes and is less likely to cause internal bleeding than existing clot-busting drugs, they claim.

In a study of 500 stroke patients it helped 42% recover their physical and mental abilities within three hours.

Of those given an inert dummy drug, 34% regained their previous faculties.

Pit vipers

Ancrod is derived from the venom of a family of snakes known as the pit vipers.

These include deadly rattlesnakes, such as the Diamondback, that live in the US and Mexico.

Researchers discovered that the blood of people bitten by rattlesnakes failed to clot.

Based on that observation, the venom was extracted and turned into an anti-coagulant.

Ancrod is not yet approved by the American Food and Drug Administration for stroke treatment.

The only FDA-approved acute stroke treatment is Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA).

TPA is administered in a single-dose, hour-long injection, whereas Ancrod has to be given intravenously through a catheter over three to five days in hospital.

While TPA dissolves clots, Ancrod lowers the levels of the clotting factor fibrinogen in the bloodstream.

Professor David Sherman, from the University of Texas, San Antonio, said: "We found that patients who had their fibrinogen levels lowered promptly, within six hours, and maintained in the target range after treatment, had the best response to the treatment.

"What I envision if Ancrod is approved is that the physician would have the option of using either TPA or Ancrod based on what would be best for that particular patient.

"Overall, TPA has been shown to be a little bit more effective than Ancrod, but it also carries a little bit more danger with the possibility of bleeding in the brain."

Cautious welcome

The Stroke Association issued a statement in which it welcomed any medication that could potentially reduce death and disability from stroke.

"However, it is important to realise that the snake venom preparation needs to be administered very quickly after a stroke," the statement said.

"Unfortunately, in the UK, the systems are not in place to allow this to be done easily."

The association said some blood clot 'busting' drugs were already on trial, but these needed to be administered at hospital within three hours of a stroke taking place.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in England and Wales after heart disease and cancer.

Stroke is also the largest single cause of severe disability in England and Wales, with over 300,000 people being affected at any one time.

Rattlesnake venom has been found to be effective in other drugs, including Integrilin, a heart drug.

Taken from BBC News

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