” …. that makes the Mojave rattlesnake one of the most dangerous poisonous snakes in the United States. Their venom works as a neurotoxin and is called Mojave toxin….”
“The toxin is extremely dangerous …. (the bite is potentially fatal)”
First- some history about Patty: She is a 5-6 year old basenji mix dog, about 30#. She is not “healthy”. She is on thyroxine for hypothyroidism and she has had a history of over-vaccination. She came from Texas and kept running away and being repeatedly impounded. The Austin shelter would re-vaccinate her every time she was impounded and she probably got 4-5 rabies vaccs within a 2 year period, plus other combo vaccs and all while untreated hypothyroid. She arrived here in December frenetically hyperactive- seizure activity. Thyroid medication and detoxing helped her dramatically, but she continued to have rage attacks. We suspected Lyme or another tick disease and began treating her with Jernigan Neuro Antitox and Microbojen. The aggressive outbursts decreased, but continued, so we started her on doxycycline 5 weeks ago and her temperament improved dramatically. So, she already has neurological problems….
She had eaten an hour before the snakebite and had been given 6 drops of Antitox in her meal, so she had some in her system when bitten. She also has been getting one cc of Esssential GSH/day (glutathione).
Patty was bitten by Mohave rattler Sat 4/23 at 4 PM. I saw it happen. I gave her 3 droppers of Jernigan Neuro Antitox and 1 cc dexate (4 mg.) Sub Q
Snake went down hole. Patty’s face became swollen, but she was acting OK. 2 hours later, snake is in yard again, I go to get it and Patty tries to bite it again. Got rid of snake- photos below. Gave another 2 droppers of AntiTox. Patty hungry and begging for treats and back outside looking for the snake 2 & 1/2 hours after bite.
Patty is fine 15 hours post bite- swelling nearly gone. Showing no sign of illness. I also have given her 10 capsules of phophatidyl-choline (venom can contain an enzyme that destroys phospholipids in the cell membrane) and 10 mg. of vitamin K1 (a small dose, but I had to give her 100 K1 pills to get that much into her). I also gave her 5 cc of Essential GSH- lipoceutical glutathione (oral). However, I give all credit regarding her recovery to Dr. David Jernigan’s Neuro Antitox CNS/PNS-
24 hours post bite- still OK.
Here are photos of the snake and Patty. There is no doubt she was bitten and no doubt it was a Mohave rattlesnake.
We are in NW, Az. where the Mohaves are ““Venom A…Venom A bite from Mojave rattlesnakes is more than ten times as toxic as Venom B, which lacks Mojave toxin.”
First 2 pics show Patty several hours post bite. Last 2 pic show her 15 hours post bite. I urge anyone in snake country to have a bottle of Jernigan Neuro Antitox on hand. This product saved another dog of ours last year from a Western Diamondback bite and it MIRACULOUSLY cured our burro who had inflammatory disease for > 2 years after a near-fatal bite. She went from stiff and “brain dead” to active and alert after several doses in 2008, when it occurred to me to try it on her. I do not know how this herbal Lyme detox product works on snake venom, but I am sure of this: IT DOES WORK for us. At a mere $48 for a 4 ounce bottle, it is well worth having on hand. It can’t hurt and it may save a human or animal’s life.
We want to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. David Jernigan. We love you!
Catherine Ritlaw & The Gang
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary
Rattlesnake venoms are complex cocktails of enzymes and other proteins that vary greatly in composition and effects, not only between species, but also between geographic populations within the same species. /C. scutulatus/ is widely regarded as producing one of the most toxic snake venoms in the New World, based on LD_50 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_lethal_dose> studies in laboratory mice.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-Glenn1-10> Their potent venom is the result of a presynaptic <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_synapse> neurotoxin <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotoxin>composed of two distinct peptide <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peptide> subunits.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-Aird-11> The basic subunit (a phospholipase A_2 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phospholipase>) is mildly toxic and apparently rather common in North American rattlesnake venoms.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-Powell-12> The less common acidic subunit is not toxic by itself but, in combination with the basic subunit, produces the potent neurotoxin called “Mojave toxin.” Nearly identical neurotoxins have been discovered in five North American rattlesnake species besides/C. scutulatus/.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-Powell-12> However, not all populations express both subunits. The venom of many Mojave rattlesnakes from south-central Arizona lacks the acidic subunit and has been designated “Venom B,” while Mojave rattlesnakes tested from all other areas express both subunits and have been designated “Venom A” populations.^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-Glenn2-13> Based on median LD_50 values in lab mice, Venom A bite from Mojave rattlesnakes is more than ten times as toxic as Venom B, which lacks Mojave toxin.^[ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-14>15 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-14>] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_scutulatus#cite_note-14>
IMPORTANT:The diamond pattern fades towards the last third of the Mojave Rattlesnake, whereas the diamonds continue to the tail in the Western Diamondback. The tail of the Mojave has contrasting light and dark rings. IMPORTANT: The white rings are much wider than the black rings, while the Diamondbacks have thick black rings.
Some Mojave rattlesnakes are greenish, but can be colored greenish gray, olive-green, or occasionally brownish or yellowish.
This rattlesnake has a very potent venom which is considered ten times more toxic than other North American rattlesnakes, a fact that makes the Mojave rattlesnake one of the most dangerous poisonous snakes in the United States. Their venom works as a neurotoxin and is called Mojave toxin. Strangely, the bite of a Mojave Rattlesnake is usually not as painful as other rattlesnake bites.
Recognize this heavy bodied snake as very dangerous. The Mojave rattlesnake is considered among the deadliest snakes in the world. Their venom contains a neurotoxin, which makes them the most dangerous snake in the United States when injected.
Know the difference between the Mojave and the Western diamondback rattlesnake. Similar in features, the Mojave has large white sections on its tail. The Western has large black sections. Both have black and white ringed tails, however. The Mojave tends to be a bit smaller in length and the diamond pattern found on both fades as it nears the tail of the Mojave. Misidentification can be a problem due to different types of venom and the complications it causes.
Read more: How to Identify the Mojave Rattlesnake | eHow.com <http://www.ehow.com/how_4516894_identify-mojave-rattlesnake.html#ixzz1KOma9koE> http://www.ehow.com/how_4516894_identify-mojave-rattlesnake.html#ixzz1KOma9koE
*DESCRIPTION: L=up to 4′ (1.2m). With its “coon tail” and similar color patterns, the Mojave Rattlesnake is easily confused with the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake <http://wc.pima.edu/Bfiero/tucsonecology/animals/rept_wdra.htm>. Unlike the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, the Mojave often has a greenish tinge, the diagonal light stripe behind their eyes does not contact their mouth), they have 2-3 enlarged scales on the top of their head between their eyes (versus not present), and white bands on their tail may be much wider than their black bands (although this does not consistently work).
NATURAL HISTORY: Venomous. The toxin is extremely dangerous and medical attention should be sought immediately (the bite is potentially fatal — when bitten, call the **/Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center/* <http://www.pharmacy.arizona.edu/centers/poisoncenter/apdicindex.html>* at 626-6016 in Tucson and 1-800-362-0101 elsewhere in Arizona**).** **See also section on Venomous Animals <http://wc.pima.edu/Bfiero/tucsonecology/animals/venom.htm>.*