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The biter bit? Investigation of possible in-ovo self-envenomation in an Egyptian saw-scaled viper using region of interest X-ray microtomography / Richard Johnston, John Mulley

PeerJ Preprints, Volume: e624v1

Swansea University Author: Richard Johnston

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DOI (Published version): 10.7287/peerj.preprints.624v1

Abstract

Proven examples of self-envenomation by venomous snakes, and especially instances of death as a result of these events, are extremely rare, if not non-existent. Here we use Region of Interest X-ray microtomography to investigate a putative case of fatal in-ovo self-envenomation in the Egyptian saw-s...

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Published in: PeerJ Preprints
Published: 2014
Online Access: https://peerj.com/preprints/624v1/
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21227
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Abstract: Proven examples of self-envenomation by venomous snakes, and especially instances of death as a result of these events, are extremely rare, if not non-existent. Here we use Region of Interest X-ray microtomography to investigate a putative case of fatal in-ovo self-envenomation in the Egyptian saw-scaled viper, Echis pyramidum. Our analyses have provided unprecedented insight into the skeletal anatomy of a late-stage embryonic snake and the disposition of the fangs without disrupting or destroying a unique biological specimen.
Keywords: Snake, saw-scaled viper, microCT, region of interest, self-envenomation, X-ray microtomography
College: College of Engineering