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West African Green Mamba

West African Green Mamba_5

Symptoms from a green mamba bite include local pain and swelling, local necrosis, ataxia, headache, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, vertigo, hypotension, diarrhea, dizziness, and paralysis and death.

Symptoms from influenza include fever and chills, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, hoarseness, ear pressure, earache, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, irritated eyes, flushed skin, petechial rash, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and death.

You can get a shot to reduce the impact of one of these and, as a bonus, it also protects those around you.

Kaiser Newt

Kaiser Newt_1

This salamander is considered critically endangered because it lives in only four streams in the southern Zagros Mountains of Iran.

An interesting thing about this listing is that, like some critically endangered species, it thrives in captivity and there are a number of these guys in private hands. Even though they breed well in captivity, they should still be considered critically endangered because the genetic distribution of the captive population may not be as robust as that in the wild, and counting species health based solely on numbers can not be considered indicative of viability.