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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Procedure

TULSA, Okla. (July 26, 2017) – Animal health staff are responsible for the well-being of over 3,000 animals of over 400 species at the Tulsa Zoo. How do they treat venomous snakes? The same way they care for all of our wildlife, safely and diligently.

Our Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake was expertly placed inside a clear tube by animal care staff. Tubing helps restrain the animal, preventing them from turning around during treatment. This is for the safety of the staff and animals.

After vet staff administered fluids and medicine, a laser therapy treatment was applied to the wound on the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

Animal health staff applied an antibiotic gel to cover the wound. This gel provides treatment to the wound for several days. It also provides protection to the wound from dirt and debris.

Our Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is still on exhibit in the Life in the Water building, thanks to the gel.

(Photos: Aaron Goodwin, Tulsa Zoo)