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Grand pa's snakebite (Bushmaster) Part 2 This is when my wife's grandfather (a cucama indian from the Peruvian Amazon) was bitten by a viper - (Bushmaster snake) and we took him to a hospital in Nauta, Peru. Notice how empty and poor the hospital was, they had nothing more than what I have in my medicine cabinet in New York. Here I also talk with my wife's aunt whom lost her leg from a Bushmaster bite when she was a child and ended up making her own wooden leg and taught herself how to walk again. The Amazon can be a rough world. Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica and on most islands. Fifteen families are currently recognized, comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species.[1][2] They range in size from the tiny, 10 cm-long thread snake to pythons and anacondas of up to 7.6 metres (25 ft) in length. The fossil species Titanoboa cerrejonensis was 15 metres (49 ft) long. Snakes are thought to have evolved from either burrowing or aquatic lizards during the mid-Cretaceous period, and the earliest known fossils date to around 112 Ma ago. The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene period (c 66 to 56 Ma ago). Most species are nonvenomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. Some possess venom potent enough to cause painful injury or death to humans. Nonvenomous snakes either swallow prey alive or kill by constriction.
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