What Are the Different Types of Snake Venoms?

A snake’s venom can be one of three types: cytotoxic, neurotoxic, or hemotoxic. Each type of venom affects the body differently. Most snakes do not carry venom, but the ones that do are called venomous. If you stumble upon a snake and do not know what species it is, treat it as if it is … Continue reading What Are the Different Types of Snake Venoms?

What Exotic Animals Are the Most Dangerous to Keep? – Attack/Death Statistics

https://www.bornfreeusa.org/ maintains a database of exotic animal incidents that occur in the United States. Such incidents include but are not limited to: animal escapes, human injuries, human fatalities, and injuries to animals. The database has records from 1990 to present day, and include incidents from accredited and non-accredited zoos, circuses, and pet owners. After examining … Continue reading What Exotic Animals Are the Most Dangerous to Keep? – Attack/Death Statistics

What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

An invasive species is one whose introduction to an area threatens the environment, public health, and/or the economy. Invasive species are organisms (animals, plants, diseases, parasites, etc.) non-native to the area they are introduced. Examples include the Burmese python, West Nile, and chestnut blight. Burmese pythons are a serious problem in southern Florida. But, how … Continue reading What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

In the previous lesson, I explained how animals are classified using the 8 hierarchical categories of classification: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. In addition to those, an animal may have a suborder, subfamily, and/or subspecies. Here, we will walk through the full classification of three different species: King Cobra, Lion, and … Continue reading Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

You may or may not be living under a rock if you have not seen or heard of Tiger King. I am late to the party, but began watching the new, short Netflix series last week. The documentary follows three exotic animal keepers, Joe Exotic, “Doc” Antle, and Carole Baskin, and their personal connection to … Continue reading What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

The Gaboon Viper: Longest Fangs of Any Snake

Meet the Gaboon viper! With fangs up to 2 inches in length, it has the longest fangs of any snake on the planet. Found only in a handful of countries in Africa, it is also the heaviest venomous snake on the continent. The viper can weigh up to 18 pounds, and grow to be 7 … Continue reading The Gaboon Viper: Longest Fangs of Any Snake