An Analysis of the Toxicity and Hemolytic Properties of Stored Desiccated Venoms of Two Crotalidae

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  • Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of Florida

Summary

The toxicity, hemolytic properties, and UV absorption spectra of dried Crotalus adamanteus and Ancistrodon p. piscivorus venoms stored over a period of 13 years were determined.

It was found that the toxicity of the venoms remained essentially unaltered, although hemolytic properties of the older venoms were slightly reduced. Absorption spectra of these venoms revealed noticeable differences which were correlated with the age of the venoms.

Author Notes

National Institutes of Health Medical Student Research Fellow.

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