Medicine: Strike of the Tiger

Of all the world's land snakes, the Australian tiger snake is rated as about the most deadly. It needs to inject only 2 mg. of venom to kill a man, whereas the notorious hooded cobra must inject about 20 mg., and a big rattlesnake as much as 140 mg. Fortnight ago, Kenneth Earnest, 22, who helps run his family's reptile farm in Buena Park, 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, had a run-in with a greenish-grey and black-banded tiger snake. He almost lost.

Ken was feeding white mice to the snakes, had presented dinner to an African spitting cobra, a green...

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