Saving Snakes releases captive born pythons into the wild
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24th and 25th October 2014
The Ninth International Snakebite Snakebite Seminar dates are now set. The seminar, hosted by Bio-Ken and JAAT, will take place on the 24th and 25th October 2014 at Turtle Bay Beach Club, Watamu - Kenya.
The two day seminar will focus on the Natural History of reptiles, and more specifically venomous snakes as well as the correct management of snakebite.
Thirteen year old boy makes speedy recovery after receivng anti-venom
A thirteen year old boy, Benjamin Menza, who was bitten by a Black Mamba at Jimba near Watamu on Sunday morning is now recovering well, and has left hospital.
He was bitten around 9am, and arrived at the snake farm at 10.30am in a very bad way, Sanda rushed him to Watamu Nursing Home, arriving by 10.45am, along with a number of vials of SAIMR Poly-V antivenom, where she met Royjan and Clare Taylor of Bio-Ken and Dr. Eugine Erulu.
Large Brown Spitting Cobra entered into the Guinness Book of World Records
The 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records includes the Large Brown Spitting Cobra Naja ashei as the largest Spitting Cobra in the world.
The snake is named after the late James Ashe, founder of Bio-Ken, who recognised this snake to be extraordinary, and whose efforts led to the discovery of the snake as a new species.
Spot and Identify this snake
Prof. Warrell answers questions from David Williams on the problem of snakebite in the rural tropics and Sub Saharan Africa
The first interview, filmed in November 2010 is on the problem of Snakebite in the rural tropics.
David Williams asks David Warrell to explain why snakebite is such a problem in the rural tropics and what the global community needs to do to improve the treatment and to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by snakebite.
Photo of a Beautiful Sand Snake
Video of the Bio-Ken team saving a python and relocating it deep in the forest.
Bio-Ken receives Tripadvisor Award
Why the use of Pressure Bandages is NOT recommended in East Africa snakebite first aid
We are occasionally asked for our opinion regarding the use of pressure bandaging in snakebite first aid. Our current position at Bio-Ken on its use is described below.
Many publications on snake bite treatment continue to advocate the use of pressure bandaging. This was first found to be useful in Australia where all the venomous snakes cause neurotoxic symptoms (which cause paralysis).
Even so, it was found that most people did not have sufficient stretchy bandage available within the first few minutes after a bite (it is useless if applied later as the venom spreads rapidly), and seldom knew how to apply it at the correct tension. As a result precious time was wasted which would have been better used in getting the patient to a medical facility.
Savanna Monitor relocated to Galana River
Bio-Ken offer a free 'remove-a-snake' service for people in Watamu and the surrounding area, which of course does extend to all manner of reptiles (including crocodiles!).
We recently received a call from Ute Goodwin, a Malindi resident, informing us that she had a Monitor Lizard in her house, and asking if we were able to remove it.
12 Day Snake Safari With Kenya Snake Safaris
Below is a write up from guests who recently experienced a 12 day snake safari. They were a great couple and we all had a really good time together. Thanks to Leslie Polizoti and Craig Ransom for the following review:
'My boyfriend and I just returned from a 12-day “snake” safari with Kenya Snake Safaris run by Royjan and Clare Taylor. Although we are both keenly interested in snakes, we also wanted to see other Kenyan wildlife, including birds, as well. Royjan and Clare planned the perfect trip for us, which took us from Nairobi National Park to the Naibosho Conservancy (a private, unfenced conservancy adjacent to the famous Maasai Mara game reserve) to Lake Elementeita (in the Rift Valley) to the coast of Kenya, including Tsavo East and the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. We saw everything we hoped we might see, and much more...
Snake Safaris feature in CNN Travel article about Kenya
CNN Travel have published an article titled '10 things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya' written by their correspondant, Phillippa Stewart.
Alongisde such iconic Kenyan adventures and activities such as the Rhino Charge, Classic Safari Rallying, fostering elephants, breakfasting with giraffes, and indulging in a Carnivove feast; are Royjan Taylor's Kenya Snake Safaris.
View a selection of slide presentations from the 2012 Snakebite Seminar
All currently available presentations from the recent 8th Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar can be found on our Slideshare account.
Further content and discussion generated from the seminar will be uploaded over the coming weeks, so please look out for updates on our blog and social media accounts.
Vol 30, No 10 (2012): Snake bites, spider bites and scorpion stings
Following the recent Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar, we have a host of fresh, informative content, thanks to our visiting speakers and a weekend of networking and discussions among the 150 seminar attendees. Over the coming months we will consolidate and share much of this content online, please keep an eye on our Social Media accounts for links to the content as and when it goes live on our website.
A snippet of such content comes from the very informative lecture given by Professor Warrell on The Correct Management of Severe Scorpion Stings in Africa. As many of our readers are aware, there was a recent severe scorpion sting in Meru National Park. This case provided the basis for one of the lectures at the seminar.