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November 13, 1926

COLLECTING RATTLESNAKE VENOM TO BE USED IN MAKING ANTIVENIN SERUM

JAMA. 1926;87(20):1645. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680200002012a

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Abstract

This method of collecting venom of rattlesnakes is used at the San Antonio station of the Antivenin Institute of America, under personal instruction of Dr. Afriano do Amarai:

The stick used in snaring a rattlesnake is a wooden whip stock with an Ideal paper fastener number 1 in the end, with the forked end out, sunk in a slit an inch deep and wired in place. Two leather shoe laces are tied together to make a strap 5 feet long; one end is fastened to the end of the stick and is passed through the paper fastener, and a loop is pulled out and passed over the snake's head and is shaken until it stops behind the head. Figure 1 was taken while rattlesnakes were being collected in this manner; Dr. Afriano do Amaral is in the background. When the snare cannot be used, the snake is pinned to the ground, the fork of the paper fastener being used.

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