Poisonous Snakes of the World; A Manual for Use by the U. S. Amphibious Forces
by: Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, U.S. Navy Dept.
This manual is intended to serve as a training aid and as a guide to the most widely distributed species of dangerously venomous snakes. Geographic distribution of all currently recognized species of venomous snakes is presented in tabular form. Information on habitat and biology of im- portant snake species has been provided. First aid procedures in case of snakebite and suggestions for the definitive medical management of the snakebite victim are presented. There is a table of world sonnies of antivenins.
v List of Tables viii
List of Color Plates viii
CHAPTER I General Information 1 CHAPTER II Precautions to Avoid Snakebite 2 CHAPTER III How to Recognize Snake Venom Poisoning (Symptoms and Signs) 4 CHAPTER IV First Aid 13 CHAPTER V Medical Treatment 20 CHAPTER VI Recognition of Poisonous Snakes* 25 CHAPTER VII Distribution and Identification of Poisonous Land Snakes** 33 Section 1, Nortli America 35 Section 2, Mexico and Central America 47 Section 3, Soutli America and the West Indies 59 Section 4, Europe 71 Section 5, North Africa 77 Section 6, Central and Southern Africa 85 Section 7, The Near and Middle East 105 Section 8, Southeast Asia 115 Section 9, The Far East 131 Section 10, Australia and the Pacific Islands 139 CHAPTER VIII The Sea Snakes 157 CHAPTER IX Antivenin Sources 169 Glossary 181 General References 184 Index 186