Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Snakes alive! Those jeans may save your life!

If you’re a hiker planning to trek into rattlesnake-infested hills this summer, take a fashion cue from a pair of California reptile researchers:

 Make sure to wear jeans. Snake scientists at Loma Linda University have discovered that denim clothing significantly cuts the amount of venom injected by angry rattlesnakes, reducing the poison by up to 66 percent.

The researchers, William K. Hayes, a biology professor, and Shelton S. Herbert, a doctoral student, tested 17 small and large southern Pacific rattlesnakes, allowing them to strike liquid-filled latex kitchen gloves, some covered with denim fabric and some left bare. They reported their findings in a recent issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine

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