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The Clinical Toxinology Resources Website is a premier site for information on venomous animals and poisonous animals, plants and mushrooms. It covers the whole World, with both general information and information about particular organisms, located through a searchable database, that allows users to look for an animal, plant or mushroom, based on a common name, a scientific name or family, a country or region.

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The site works most reliably using Internet Explorer version 5 (or above) or Firefox as the browser.

Information on the site is served at two levels:

All users can access basic information, including limited searches, first aid and basic details about antivenoms available.

, who actively support the site, have access to our full information system. This is primarily designed for health professionals needing information on diagnosis and treatment of envenoming and poisoning. However, it provides far more than this. For each organism record, there are details on the taxonomy, description (how to identify it), distribution (often with maps), general biology, venom or poison details, summarizing published research, clinical effects, summary of clinical case reports from the medical and scientific literature, treatment guidelines, and available antivenoms and how to obtain them from the producer. It is possible to search not only by animal type and location, but by clinical findings. Thus it acts as a variety of “expert system” to aid diagnosis. Subscribers can contribute directly by submitting case reports, which will be used to update clinical effects and treatment guidelines. Non-health professionals will also find the site invaluable, for finding taxonomic information, including descriptions of animals. This may be useful for herpetologists, arachnologists, marine biologists and colleagues. People keeping or studying these animals may also find the subscriber-level data useful, especially amateur herpetologists and zoos keeping venomous snakes. Poisons centers and toxicologists may find it useful as a source of information for acute cases and for information on available antivenoms and producers. Educators may find it useful for sourcing information for lectures, or for assignments. For further information on the advantages of subscribing, click here.

The site has been produced by the Toxinology Department, Women’s & Children’s Hospital (WCH), Adelaide, Australia, a foremost center for clinical toxinology globally, together with the Discipline of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, and support from experts around the world. The site is continually growing as more organisms are covered in detail and as new research information becomes available. It is our aim that the site will ultimately incorporate all important published information on venomous and poisonous organisms. The site managers are directly involved in diagnosis and treatment of toxin injuries, including snakebites. This clinical experience is incorporated in the design and functionality of the site. The Toxinology Department and University together run international training courses in clinical toxinology. Information about upcoming courses is available on this site.

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