The Central American Rattlesnake is large, it can grow up to cm, but the average adult ranges between and cm. It has a robust body, a relatively . Snake venomics of the Central American rattlesnake Crotalus simus and the South American Crotalus durissus complex points to neurotoxicity as an adaptive . Crotalus simus is a venomous pit viper species found in Mexico and Central America. The specific epithet is Latin for ‘flat-nosed’, likely because its head is blunt.

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After ensuring the patient and onlookers have moved out of range of further strikes by the snake, the bitten person should be reassured and persuaded to lie down and remain still. Crotalus simus is a venomous pit viper species found in Mexico and Central America. Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator. The identification of evolutionary trends among tropical Crotalus, as reported here, may have an impact in defining the mixture of venoms for immunization to produce an effective pan-American anti-Crotalus antivenom.

All rings or other jewellery on the bitten limb, especially on fingers, should be removed, as they may act as tourniquets if oedema develops.

Myotoxicity No case reports for this species, but related species can cause systemic myolysis. Its most relevant characteristic is the presence of a rattle. Menu top Links of interest FAQs.


Seek urgent medical attention. No attempt should be made to pursue the snake into the undergrowth as this will risk further bites. The antivenomic results also explain why the antivenoms effectively neutralize the hemorrhagic activity of adult C. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, pp.

Venom Procoagulants Present but not defined. However, we cannot access every published paper of potential crtalus, either because they are not available to us or are in a language we cannot translate internally.

We make a reasonable attempt to verify accuracy of information listed on this site. Noteworthy distributional records for the herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico.

Local symptoms crotwlus be severe, with pain, massive swelling, blistering, and necrosis that lead to fasciotomies and in some cases amputations. Taxonomic studies on rattlesnakes of Mainland Mexico. General Shape Large in length, stout bodied rattlesnake with a short tail and a horn-like segmented rattle. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: This is most apparent on the scale rows on either side of the body with a decreasing intensity in the lower rows.

Habitat Usually at elevations up to about m, but has been found at m Mexico Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Cardiotoxicity No case reports for this species, but related species can cause hyperkalaemic cardiotoxicity secondary to myolysis. Head is large, broad and very distinct from narrow neck. For a long time the tropical Rattlesnake was considered a species widely found from the south of Mexico to Argentina; but, today this idea has changed due to the recent evidence that in fact, this is a group of related species.


If no motor vehicle or boat is available, the patient can be carried on a stretcher or hurdle, on the pillion or crossbar of a bicycle or on someone’s back.

A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. The Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere.

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The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: It also occurs in mesic forests with relatively dry, open areas. A reclassification of the rattlesnakes; species formerly exclusively referred to the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus. New herpetofaunal distribution records for the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is absent from Panamabut apparently does occur on the Atlantic side of Colombia. Systemic effects involving hemostatic disturbances are rare, as are renal failure and neurotoxicity. No sedatives outside hospital.

The word tzabcan means rattlesnake in Mayan. Their overall toxin compositions explain the outcome of envenomation by these species. The bitten limb should then be immobilised as effectively as possible using an extemporised splint or sling.

The indistinguisable immunoreactivity patterns of Costa Rican and Venezuelan polyvalent antivenoms toward C. WilliamsJeff Boundy Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Clinical Management. Chimaira, Frankfurt, pp Hoser, R. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4 3: Specific antivenoms exist for several major species. Evolutionary morphology of the rattlesnake style. This page was last edited on 12 Novemberat