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I will make you hurt - a guide to platypus dating

Timothy Jenkins

Dating is difficult for most species on this globe. You have to look your best, be at the right place at the right time, and often fight off fierce competition. It's no different when you are a pla...

Wasps – truly venomous or just wanna-bees?

Timothy Jenkins

With borders having re-opened across Europe, there has been a giant sigh of relief; summer holidays and travel abroad are possible again. In light of this, it seems that many people have forgotten ...

The problem with diversity (Part 2)

Timothy Jenkins

In the last blog, I described how differences in geographic distributions and varying food sources can impact the toxic arsenal of snakes and other venomous creatures. There is, however, another ke...

The problem with diversity (Part 1)

Timothy Jenkins

Most venomous animals make use of very similar types of toxins. However, the composition and the individual toxins of a venom vary significantly between different species (the black mamba has a ver...

Jellyfish - Invisible assassins with a deadly sting

Timothy Jenkins

While ‘invisible’ is not entirely accurate, jellyfish are extremely hard to spot when you are in the water with them. Obviously, that’s a particular nuisance given how much their stings hurt. If yo...

What is more dangerous - venom or poison?

Timothy Jenkins

There are many different creatures on this planet that have the power to cause significant harm to us humans through the use of highly sophisticated biochemistry, such as toxins. However, different...

How not to handle dangerous snakes

Timothy Jenkins

My passion for venomous animals? ‘It’s complicated’. At times, my fascination can override my most primal instincts, such as avoiding messing with a lethal snake. I am a passionate toxinologist, bu...

Toxblog skifter ham

Andreas Laustsen

Idag er det præcis 5 år siden, jeg startede med at skrive Toxblog. Selvom det har været en stor fornøjelse at skrive om min forskning, om mine rejser og om giftige dyr, så takker jeg af for denne g...

Slangeforsker, ikke slangetæmmer

Andreas Laustsen

Det er nu to måneder siden, at jeg med nød og næppe og livet som indsats kom hjem fra min tur til Kenya. Jeg var blevet inviteret ned af gode samarbejdspartnere fra University of Toronto og the Int...

Balkanslanger og en sandheden om sandhugormen

Andreas Laustsen

Selvom Europa ikke er kontinentet med verdens farligste slanger, findes der alligevel nogen trælse nogen af slagsen. I min sommerferie tilbragte jeg tre uger i landene Bosnien, Kroatien og Monteneg...