“You’re doing OK, keep it up” is a message I can certainly live with.
Today was pretty hot, (about 38°C or 100°F in the old money). It was also really humid. So it was not at all surprising that the weather built into thunderstorms in the evening.
About 6:00 pm the most amazing black clouds began moving across from the west.
They the sky got so dark and the clouds were so ominous looking that I thought a couple of shots were worth posting.
Now back briefly to my throw away statement about Aussie snake venom in my last post.
According to my nearest and dearest, I was telling you porkies.
She hopped on the
According to their data, which I provide below, out of the 25 most poisonous snakes in the world, 1 through to 11 on the list are Aussie species. Further, a full 20 of the 25 are from Oz as well.
The information below is lifted from their site.
World's Most Venomous Snakes
Which snake species is the most venomous depends on the measure used. The average or the maximum venom yield from milking could be suggested, but these measures can be criticised as not reflecting the impact of a real bite. The measure generally acknowledged as best reflecting how dangerous a snake's venom is is that of LD50. The lower this number, the less venom is required to cause death. By that measure, the most venomous snake in the world is Australia's inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). The table below gives the top 25 species in order, their LD50, and their distribution.
|2.||Eastern brown snake||0.053||Australia|
|5.||Black tiger snake||0.131||Australia|
|6.||Beaked sea snake||0.164||Australia|
|7.||Black tiger snake (Chappell Island ssp.)||0.194 - 0.338||Australia|
|10.||Spotted brown snake||0.360 (in bovine serum albumin)||Australia|
|14.||Papuan black snake||1.09||New Guinea|
|15.||Stephens' banded snake||1.36||Australia|
|16.||Rough scaled snake||1.36||Australia|
|18.||Blue-bellied black snake||2.13||Australia|
|21.||Red-bellied black snake||2.52||Australia|
|22.||Small eyed snake||2.67||Australia|
|23.||Eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake||11.4||North America|
Here is their link if you want to check it out for yourselves.
So I suppose the moral of the story is: tread carefully in the