Venomous Snakes and Snakebites in Jordan

  • Zuhair S. Amr
  • Ahmad M. Disi
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Distributional data, diagnostic features, and habitat descriptions are given for seven species of venomous snakes found in Jordan. The epidemiology of snakebites in Jordan is discussed based on previous studies and recent data. Males were more vulnerable than females, and children less than 20 years old constituted the highest percentage of victims. Bites were more frequent in the spring and summer, peaking in April. Most bites occurred in Irbid Governorate. Symptoms associated with snakebites among hospitalized cases in Jordan are outlined. LD50 for venomous species known in Jordan and the Middle East are tabulated.


Venomous Snake Eastern Desert Inferior Myocardial Infarction Ventral Scale Dorsal Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyJordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan
  2. 2.Department of BiologyThe University of JordanAmmanJordan

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