Mark Wolfson, MD, and friend

Mark Wolfson, MD

Monday, November 29, 2021,

2:30-3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

Following up our June lecture, “Venomous Creatures and Antivenoms” by Leslie Boyer, Emeritus Professor/Medical Director of the VIPER Institute at UA, Mark Wolfson, who pursues the study of snakes and other venomous creatures as a favorite pastime, will talk about these creatures in the context of his profession as a medical doctor.

Wolfson writes, “Arizona has very diverse fauna, creatures with multiple ways of obtaining food and defending themselves from predators. One of the most advanced and effective methods is via the use of venom. Humans come into contact with many of the venomous animals in Arizona, and sometimes, either by accident or poor judgment, become envenomated. In this presentation I will discuss the biology of the various species and the medical problems that can arise from these interactions. I will limit myself to vertebrates, as venomous invertebrates (insects, spiders, etc.), is a topic for another day.”  Considering the number of rattlesnake spottings in Academy Village from this past summer and fall, interest in the topic here is high.

Mark Wolfson is a retired internal medicine specialist who practiced in Tucson for thirty years. During that time, he was often involved in the care and treatment of rattlesnake bites and other envenomations. He is the founder and promoter of the Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale, which just observed its 19th birthday in early October with a show displaying Arizona rattlesnakes, other exotic and venomous reptiles from the US and around the world, live alligators, crocodiles, giant tortoises, monitor lizards, and all manner of venomous snakes—in an arena as large as one-and-a-half football fields! Wolfson has spent twenty-five years breeding and selling reptiles and tortoises as CEO of Serpen-Sauria Enterprises. He is also a writer and wildlife photographer who has traveled the world photographing reptiles and other creatures.

Compiled and edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village volunteer

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