Experts from the Center for Research in Applied Biological Sciences (CICBA) at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) are carrying out a study to get to know the taxonomy, genetics and distribution of the more than 50 species of reptiles in the State of Mexico, as well as the biochemistry and immunochemistry of their poisons.
The lead investigator for the CICBA, Alejandro Carbajal Saucedo, said that they are also generating data to map out the location of venomous species and their antidotes. At the same time, he plans to collaborate with agencies such as the State of Mexico Heath Secretaria to provide training to those who may have contact with affected persons or animals.
Carbajal Saucedo said that the State of Mexico has a significant concentration of venomous fauna ranging from mountainous, central, northern and southern regions, where different species of snakes, such as rattlesnakes and coral snakes, live. He mentioned how it is almost impossible to find them in certain places in Mexico City. However, there are places where snakes have learned to coexist with humans, and this is where most of the attacks occur.
Hence the importance, he said, of having data that reveals what species they are, what they do, where they are located, how to treat them, how to relocate them and how to treat someone suffering from a bite.
Carbajal Saucedo said that the UAEM Center for Research in Biological and Applied Sciences emphasizes the importance of knowing what type of poisons exist and how to use them, because although Mexico is the main producer of antidotes in the world, many doctors are still reluctant to use them.