Any of about 200 species of venomous snakes (family Elapidae) that have short fangs fixed in the front of the upper jaw. Elapids are found in the New World, Africa, southern Asia, Pacific Islands, and Australia. Slender and agile, most are small and harmless to humans, but they include the largest and most lethal of snakes. Their venom is primarily neurotoxic but often contains substances that damage body tissues or blood cells. The relatively painless bite may cause a swift death from paralysis of the heart and lungs. Seealso black snake, cobra, coral snake, mamba.
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NPDS-based characterization of native US elapid envenomations.(SNAKEBITES, VENOMOUS)(National Poison Data System)(United States)
Mar 01, 2008; Background: Envenomations by the coral snake, the US's only native elapid, have not been systematically characterized with...
Strike kinematics in death adders: convergence with vipers?(Collegiate Communications--Undergraduate)(prey capture behavior of Elapids)
Apr 01, 2005; Death adders (Acanthophis) are terrestrial elapids who superficially resemble vipers. They are ambush hunters with large,...