Rick C. West
Crotalus durissus cumanensis
Federal and State Protections
Countries of Occurrence
States or Providence
La Guarija (CO), Cesar (CO), Magdelena (CO), Atlántico (CO), Bolívar (CO), Anitoquia (CO), Córdoba (CO), Santander (CO), Boyacá (CO), Caldas (CO), Cundinamarca (CO), Sucre (CO), Arauca (CO), Casanare (CO), Norte de Santander (CO), Tolima (CO), Vichada (CO), Meta (CO)
Anzoátegui (VE), Aragua (VE), Apure (VE), Barinas (VE), Bolívar (VE), Carabobo (VE), Cojedes (VE), Falcón (VE), Guárico (VE), Vargas (VE), La Guaira (VE), Lara (VE), Mérida (VE), Miranda (VE), Monagas (VE), Nueva Esparta (VE), Portuguesa (VE), Sucre (VE), Táchira (VE), Trujillo (VE), Yaracuy (VE), Zulia (VE),
The Venezuelan Rattlesnake can be found in Colombia and Venezuela. It occurs in dry or semi-dry forests, savannas, and valleys, but can also occur as high as 6600 ft elevation. The Venezuelan rattlesnake's venom contains crotoxin, a neurotoxic venom component, in addition to nephrotoxins and myotoxins.
The venom of the Venezuelan rattlesnake has been shown to effective in inhibiting the growth of Candida, a fungus that causes yeast infections, and Sporothrix, a fungus that causes rose handler's disease. This can lead to the development of new antifungal medications as fungal diseases become resistant to our current treatments!