Australia's Dangerous Snakes

Hardback - November 2017 - AU $120.00

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Examines the role played by Australia's venomous snakes, the threats they face, their ecology and the latest in bite management.

Australia’s venomous snakes are widely viewed as the world’s most deadly and are regarded with cautious curiosity, fascination and, regrettably, fear. Australia’s Dangerous Snakes examines the biology, natural history, venom properties and bite treatment of medically important venomous marine and terrestrial snakes. It contains comprehensive identification profiles for each species, supported by keys and photographs. In addition to their medical importance, the environmental roles of these snakes and the threats that are causing the decline of many of these reptiles are discussed. Drawing on the authors’ experience in the fields of herpetology, toxinology and clinical medicine, this book stimulates respect and admiration and dispels fear of Australia’s fascinating snakes. + Full description

Australia’s Dangerous Snakes will provide hours of rewarding reading and valuable information for anyone interested in Australia’s unique wildlife and natural history, and will be an essential reference for herpetologists, toxinologists, physicians, zoo personnel and private snake collectors.

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"This book is a wonderful contribution, in terms of providing the capacity for us to be better educated about snakes, about the perception of those snakes, about indeed, what we can learn from them." Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, at the book launch

"I think what is really key to this book is that this is all about how we actually have a greater understanding of snakes and the contribution that they make to our biodiversity. And really, as people can understand snakes better, they can actually learn how to respond to them better and even to coexist with them."
Brian Oldman, South Australian Museum Director, at the book launch


Hardback | November 2017 | $120.00
ISBN: 9780643106734 | 432 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations, Maps

ePDF | November 2017
ISBN: 9780643106741
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | November 2017
ISBN: 9780643106758
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  • Contains comprehensive identification profiles for each dangerous snake species, supported by keys and photographs
  • Describes the production, actions and uses of venoms
  • Provides information on the risks and clinical management of snakebite and envenoming


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Relative Danger of Snakes
Chapter 3: Morphology and General Features of Dangerous Snakes
Chapter 4: Identification of Dangerous Snakes
Chapter 5: The Dangerous Snakes Described
Chapter 6: Conservation of Australia's Dangerous Snakes
Chapter 7: Production, Actions and Uses of Venoms
Chapter 8: Snakebite and Envenoming: Risks, Realities and Clinical Management
Chapter 9: Snakes and People
Appendix 1: The Pioneers of Venom Production for Australian Antivenoms


Peter Mirtschin is the founder of Venom Supplies, which supplies both Australian and exotic snake venoms for research, antivenom and therapeutic applications. He has published over 70 scientific papers on venom research, snake ecology, conservation and snake behaviour, as well as several books on Australian dangerous snakes. Peter has featured in several television documentaries, being an ardent results-driven conservationist.

Arne Redsted Rasmussen is an Associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been a researcher on sea snakes for about 30 years, mostly conducting taxonomic research in Asian and Australian waters, and has contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Scott Weinstein is a clinical toxinologist, family physician and herpetologist. His extensive experience in clinical and research toxinology includes comprehensive treatment of envenoming, mushroom and poisonous plant intoxication, and identification of the evidence-based risk of venomous snakes of little-known medical importance. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on toxinology, herpetology and medicine. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Adelaide School of Medicine.