SNAKES ALIVE: Benidorm theme park’s life-saving work

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KILLERS: A black mamba’s poison could be a lifesaver. Photo Credit: Dick Culbert Flickr

MANY thousands of visitors from across the world visit the various theme parks in Benidorm, taking a wealth of happy memories back with them of either the white-knuckle attractions or the charming animals of all species.

What many never see, or indeed probably aren’t aware of, is the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in the field of medicine; and in particular the studies into snake venom that could potentially be used to save human lives.

Such work is being carried out in Terra Natura who are collaborating into the discovery of more antidotes, and as such extract venom from species such as the black mamba or the cobra which are then sent to experts all around the world.

Needless to say, the work is carried out by a team of herpetologists – reptile experts – who periodically take part in this very risky procedure that sees fingers and fangs coming into close proximity on occasions.

It was back in 2016 when Terra Natura took the decision to create a bank of antidotes to snake bites, and in so doing became the only outlet in the Valencian Community with stock of such serums.

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