Delivering a Little Snake Venom Additional Information

Recommended Web sites:

You can learn more about Bill Hayes and his research on snakes and their venom at

Basic information about snakes: World Almanac for Kids

Poisonous plants and animals:

Gold Award, Sports and Health Category, ThinkQuest 2000 Internet Challenge

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

[book] Snake — Chris Mattison

Published by DK Publishing, 1999.

Whether you’re already obsessed with snakes or you’re just a little curious, you won’t be able to put this book down. There are over 120 different kinds of snakes represented: harmless snakes, deadly poisonous snakes, and everything in between. You can see how snakes eat, how they shed their skins, and even how a snake gives birth. From cobras spraying venom to anacondas wrestling crocodiles, the illustrations are amazing.

[book] Snakes — Deborah Behler, John L. Behler

Published by Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, 2002.

Find out about the evolution of snakes, the biology of snakes, snake life cycles, and how snakes behave. Different types of snakes, from the rubber boa to the common garter snake, are described; and colorful photographs depict various snakes in their habitats.

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Power Words

snake: Any of numerous meat-eating reptiles having a long narrow body with no legs, often just one lung, and a forked tongue. The jaws of a snake come apart and the body can expand to swallow prey that is much thicker than the snake itself. Some snakes have venom glands and sharp fangs that can give a poisonous bite.

venom: A poisonous substance that is secreted by certain snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects. It can be transmitted to a victim by a bite or sting.

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