William K. Hayes - The Kiss of Death: Amazing Insights on Rattlesnake Venom
Because of their toxins, rattlesnakes often inspire extreme emotions: fear and loathing, and intense fascination in others. Although many rattlesnakes are killed when encountered, they comprise an essential part of the natural environment and help to maintain balanced ecosystems. In doing so, nature's toolbox has carefully shaped their chemical weaponry to yield an extraordinary diversity of compounds that help them survive. This lecture will explore the remarkable nature of rattlesnake venom and the factors that influence its composition; the natural roles that venom serves and how the snakes actually deploy it (including fascinating videos); and the fascinating relationships between rattlesnakes and humans, including the role of venom in snakebite and in cures for human ailments.
E.O. Grundset, Lecture, Venom, William K. Hayes
Southern Adventist University, "William K. Hayes - The Kiss of Death: Amazing Insights on Rattlesnake Venom" (2017). E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. 27.