Snakebite: A Neglected Tropical Disease

Pit Viper. Picture: Luke Price

More than 3’000 snake species span across many countries worldwide, but only around 600 species are considered to be venomous for humans. Snake families that include venomous snakes are Viperidae, Elapidae, Colubridae and Atractaspididae. They use their venom to hunt and inhibit their prey from escaping by injecting the secretion with the use of fangs. Venom is a complex mixture of many hundreds of toxin isoforms that…