At our June meeting, Tim Jackson gave a fascinating and very informative talk on venoms. In particular how what a reptile eats affects the properties of its venom. This then lead to the difference in venom properties between very young snakes and more mature snakes as young snakes are eating skinks, geckos etc as opposed to rodents.
Another interesting aspect is that specific antivenin for a particular species may not be entirely suitable in some instances as the venom of individual animals can vary widely. Something to think about for elapid handlers.
Tim Jackson works at the University of Queensland for Brian Fry and is doing his PhD on venoms. Thank you to Tim for this incredible insight into venom research I am sure none of us were aware of.