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ChristopherJRex

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I have been interested in snakes and handling them since I was 14 and have since set out to learn all that I can about them and their venoms.  I own two Ball Pythons (Python regius) at home and try to go out searching for snakes in the wild whenever I can. 

I intend on beginning a PhD program in the next year or two in order to continue my snake venom research.  I earned my Master of Science in Biology at the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 while studying under Dr. Stephen Mackessy, working with venomous snakes (in the lab and in the field) and researching their venoms. I've presented my research (in the form of Powerpoint presentations) at a few national conferences.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Ecology, and Biochemistry from Ball State University in 2008. 

I periodically give several snake-related educational Powerpoint presentations at schools, state parks, and Science Museums to members of the public, state educators (full-time naturalists), and animal control personnel.  I also possess an Indiana teaching license in high school Biology, Chemistry, and Math.

I have also spent two years teaching beginning and advanced-level Biology-related college lab courses (Biology 101, Advanced Human Physiology/Anatomy, Parasitology, Mammalogy, and Herpetology).  

If you enjoy the articles I write and would like to support my efforts to create educational snake materials, then please consider becoming a patron of mine on Patreon:

http://patreon.com/beneaththescales

Thank you!!

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    Ten Points to Take Home from the Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debate

    2 years ago

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    10 Shots to Rein in the Year of the Horse

    2 years ago

    If you enjoy getting drunk but don’t like the taste of alcohol, then it sounds like you could use 10 tasty shot/drink recipes to help you kick off the year of the horse.

  • The Expert's Guide to Snakebite
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    The Expert's Guide to Snakebite

    3 years ago

    What should you do when you’re bitten a snake? Kill/capture the snake? Suck out the venom? Worry about infection? Go to the hospital? This article presents the best advice for dealing with snakebite.

  • African Rock Python Kills Two Canadian Boys
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    African Rock Python Kills Two Canadian Boys

    20 months ago

    How did a python kill 2 brothers in Canada? By strangling them? By trying to eat them? Did the ceiling collapse on them? Join the investigation into what really happened and why a snake might do it.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Snakes
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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Snakes

    17 months ago

    What is a snake? Which snake is the most venomous or the longest? How can I identify venomous snakes in the US? These frequently asked questions (faqs) about snakes (and many more) are answered here.

  • Does The Big Bang Theory Require Magic?
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    Does The Big Bang Theory Require Magic?

    17 months ago

    How can the universe come from nothing? What is in empty space? At the subatomic level, quantum fluctuations occur everywhere, resulting in the spontaneous formation of a particle-antiparticle pair of energetic...

  • How to Identify the Snakes of Indiana
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    How to Identify the Snakes of Indiana

    15 months ago

    Have you ever discovered a snake in the wilds of Indiana and wanted to be able to identify it? Use this dichotomous key, which includes the most common physical characteristics of adult snakes.

  • Snakes in Indiana
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    Snakes in Indiana

    4 months ago

    What snakes live in Indiana? Are any of them venomous and/or dangerous? There are nearly 40 different species and subspecies of snakes that can be found in the Hoosier state. Although three out of the four...

  • Does Abiogenesis Require Magic?
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    Does Abiogenesis Require Magic?

    20 months ago

    Did we need a god or creator in order for life to originate on Earth or could life have spontaneously formed from a primordial soup billions of years ago? Abiogenesis and Panspermia describe the two theories of how...

  • The Utility of Snake Venom Research
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    The Utility of Snake Venom Research

    3 years ago

    Why bother studying snake venom? Why should I care unless I get bitten by a venomous snake? Snake venom has been used for things other than just antivenom production (e.g. CroFab), such as scientific research and...

  • Front- and Rear-fanged Snake Envenomation Systems
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    Front- and Rear-fanged Snake Envenomation Systems

    3 years ago

    Do front- and rear-fanged snakes simply differ based on the location of their fangs? No, there are a few other morphological differences related to their venom delivery systems as well (regarding musculature, venom...

  • Front- versus Rear-fanged Snakes
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    Front- versus Rear-fanged Snakes

    3 years ago

    What does it mean for a snake to be front-fanged or rear-fanged? This not only refers to the placement of the fangs, themselves, but a number of other factors, including dentition. Front-fanged snakes have less teeth...

  • Snake Fangs 101
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    Snake Fangs 101

    3 years ago

    What are snake fangs? How do they differ from the other teeth in the snake's mouth? Are there different kinds of snake fangs? Fangs are structures that have evolved to serve as an effective means of introducing venom...

  • Snake Venom Composition and Variability
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    Snake Venom Composition and Variability

    3 years ago

    What’s in snake venom? Snake venoms are primarily composed of proteins and peptides, which possess varying degrees of affinity for their substrates. Does it depend on the type or size of the snake involved? ...

  • What snakes are venomous/poisonous?
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    What snakes are venomous/poisonous?

    2 years ago

    What snakes are venomous? Which are poisonous? Is there a difference? Yes, there is! While there are ~1,300 venomous species of snakes in the world, there are only around 4 species that are poisonous.

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