Four Questions: A Rattlesnake's Seasonal Snooze

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Dr. Matt Goode, UArizona wildlife ecologist and assistant research scientist in the university’s world-renowned Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute, shares what researchers know about when, where, and why snakes are scarce in the winter, and how climate might change their behavior. Dr. Anne Werthimer, director of the Tucson-based VIPER Institute, leads her team of scientists and clinicians to study the effects of venom – from spiders, snakes, and scorpions, mainly – on people and animals that are bitten or stung. Some of the Institute’s affiliated scientists are figuring out how venom interacts with cells and chemicals of the body; others are using venom as the biological starting point for making new drugs.