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2014 Snakebite Seminar Overview

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Bio-Ken News, Snake-bite on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

2014 Snakebite Seminar Overview

The Ninth Bio-Ken International Snakebite Seminar will take place in Watamu next weekend.

It all kicks off on the evening of Thursday 23rd October 2014 with an informal gathering at Hemingways Resort where delegates, speakers and guests can get together in a relaxed atmosphere and mingle. This will be from 6.30pm onwards with a cash bar.

Kenya Reptile Atlas

Posted in Bio-Ken News on Monday, 04 August 2014.

Steve Spawls and NMK announce atlas launch

Kenya Reptile Atlas

Steve Spawls and a team from the NMK have announced that their Kenya Reptile Atlas is available for download.  They were sponsored by the Rufford Foundation and received support from the National Museums of Kenya.  The atlas is available to download at www.kenyareptileatlas.com.  It is free for all, please spread the word!

Bio-Ken's International Snakebite Seminar - 2014

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Bio-Ken News, Snake-bite on Saturday, 31 May 2014.

24th and 25th October 2014

Bio-Ken's International Snakebite Seminar - 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.

Reptile Release in Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Posted in Bio-Ken News, Saving Snakes on Friday, 03 January 2014.

Snakes and lizards released into the forest wilderness

Reptile Release in Arabuko Sokoke Forest

The New Year began on a positive note with a trip into the Arabuko Sokoke forest to release a 65 reptiles from Bio-Ken Snake Farm.

Thanks to to the Kenya Wildlife Service Warden of Arabuko Sokoke, who kindly agreed to Bio-Ken’s request to release the reptiles that had either been born at the farm, or had been relocated having been removed from various locations around Watamu and Malindi.

Black Mamba bite survivor

Posted in Bio-Ken News, Snake-bite on Tuesday, 12 November 2013.

Thirteen year old boy makes speedy recovery after receivng anti-venom

Black Mamba bite survivor

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.

Record for World's Largest Cobra

Posted in Bio-Ken News on Tuesday, 29 October 2013.

Large Brown Spitting Cobra entered into the Guinness Book of World Records

Record for World's Largest Cobra

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.

Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Snake-bite on Tuesday, 13 August 2013.

Prof. Warrell answers questions from David Williams on the problem of snakebite in the rural tropics and Sub Saharan Africa

Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

David Williams of the Global Snakebite Initiative interviews Professor Warrell of Oxford University about a range of snakabite issues.

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.

Python Relocation Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Posted in Saving Snakes on Saturday, 10 August 2013.

Video of the Bio-Ken team saving a python and relocating it deep in the forest.

Python Relocation Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

This Coast Python was found close to a forestry station in April 2013, and would likely have been killed had the KWS not alerted Bio-Ken. Thankfully we were called to the scene, where we captured the python, and relocated it in a remote part of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

Pressure Bandage use on Snake Bite

Posted in Snake-bite on Sunday, 19 May 2013.

Why the use of Pressure Bandages is NOT recommended in East Africa snakebite first aid

Pressure Bandage use on Snake Bite

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.