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Available worldwide on Blu-Ray and DVD

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About The Venom Interviews

“The most comprehensive film ever made
about venomous reptile work.”

The Venom Interviews is a 4½-hour crash course in the professions and professionals whose daily work revolves around some of the world’s most interesting and misunderstood reptiles.

Some of the most respected names in the field discuss how their childhood fascination with reptiles developed into their unique careers in herpetology, toxinology, venom research, emergency medicine and more, and they offer wise advice to anyone wanting to work in the field.

The Venom Interviews project was launched in response to the media’s fictionalized depictions of venomous reptiles and the people who work with them. The goal of the film is to present the work and science of venomous herpetology as it actually is, without exaggeration or sensationalism.

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Previews & Cast

  • DENISSE ABREU
  • CARL BARDEN
  • BILL BECKER
  • RANDALL BERRY
  • DR. LESLIE BOYER
  • ERICK BRIGGS
  • ALBERT CORITZ
  • STUART DOUGLAS
  • DINO FERRY
  • JEFFREY FOBB
  • DR. BRYAN FRY
  • DR. RICHARD FUNK
  • JIM HARRISON
  • DR. WILLIAM HAYES
  • JOEL HENSLEE
  • DOUG HOTLE
  • DR. DAN KEYLER
  • DR. STEPHEN KNIGHT
  • BRY LOYST
  • DR. DOUG MADER
  • PETER MIMIKOS
  • BRANDON PEEBLES
  • CARL PERSON
  • KARL PETERSON
  • TERRY PHILLIP
  • DEAN RIPA
  • DR. ELDA SANCHEZ
  • JUSTIN SCHWARTZ
  • DR. STEVEN SEIFERT
  • DR. MARK SEWARD
  • RICH SPEKNER
  • GEORGE VAN HORN
  • LAWRENCE VAN SERTIMA
  • ANDREW WYATT
  • j CODE RICA MEDIA, INC.
  • p RAY MORGAN
testimonials

Testimonials

“The Venom Interviews, a must have addition to your reptile collection. In fact, if you’re interested in venomous reptiles, perhaps even keeping them yourself, it’s recommended you watch this film as your first step in the right direction.”

— Rebecca Linley, Digitilian Magazine

“Finally, a film has been made that proves that above all else, wildlife education can be done in a manner void of unnecessary drama and risk. The Venom Interviews provides an unbiased view of those of who work with these animals in the most honest and sincere manner possible, in their own words.”

— Nathaniel Frank, MicrurusToxins

“If you remember Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom and Marlin Perkins then you’re going to love The Venom Interviews. Real interviews with leading venomous researchers and keepers without the hype. Incredibly educational and entertaining from beginning to end.”

— John F. Taylor, The Reptile Apartment Group

“Half a decade of relentless research and an honest approach to our profession shines through in this crown jewel of venomous reptile documentaries.”

— Kyle O’Grady, Indian River Reptile Zoo

“5 minutes into The Venom Interviews and I’m almost in tears and covered in chills. I guess I never noticed that we all share the same story. Dinosaurs & garter snakes, man! … I’m not even half way finished with it yet but I’m already just blown away. It’s just perfect.”

— Amanda Sargent, New England Aquarium

“Well I just finished watching The Venom Interviews — mind blown! What an incredible insight into the venomous world. Hats off to you Ray and everyone involved in this project. It was phenomenal from start to finish … Job very well done by all! It was everything I expected and more. I throughly enjoyed every minute of it.”

— Karl W. Baumgarten, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada

contents

Contents

Feature Film (1 hr, 54 min)

  • Intro — A Multi-faceted Fascination

  • Part I — Dinosaurs and Garter Snakes

  • Part II — Ramping Up

    • Starting the Hard Way
    • Rear-fanged Colubrids
    • Mentors and Starter Species
    • Why Venomous Snakes?
  • Part III — The Private Sector

    • The Value of Private Herpetology
    • Doc Seward & The Monsters
    • What Makes a Responsible Keeper?
    • Regulation and Permits
  • Part IV — The State of Television

  • Part V — Putting Risk in Perspective

    • Developed vs. Developing Countries
    • Dangerous, or just Toxic?
    • Risks By Species
    • Venom Control and Baby Snakes
  • Part VI — An Ounce of Prevention

    • Not a Matter of When
    • Perfect, All Day, Every Day
    • A Chain of Events
  • Part VII — A Living Experiment

    • Every Bite is Different
    • What it’s Like to be Tortured
    • The Value of Making it Personal
    • September 11
    • Fasciotomy
    • It’s Complicated
  • Part VIII — Once Bitten

    • Who Gets Bitten, and How
    • Time is Tissue
    • First Aid?
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Envenomation by Exotics
  • Part IX — All About Antivenom

    • Sticker Shock
    • Antivenom 101
    • CroFab
  • Part X — Now What?

    • The To-do List
    • The Next Generation
    • That’s a Wrap!
  • Credits

    • Memorials & Dedication
    • Credits and Outtakes. Yes, there are outtakes.

Extended Scenes (3 hr, 27 min)

    • Dinosaurs and Garter Snakes (8:39)
    • Starting the Hard Way (6:33)
    • Mentors and Starter Species (6:34)
    • Rear-fanged Colubrids (5:23)
    • Regulation and Permits (5:23)
    • Why Venomous Snakes? (3:36)
    • The Value of Private Herpetology (3:49)
    • Doc Seward and the Monsters (13:17)
    • What Makes a Responsible Keeper? (7:08)
    • The State of Television (6:33)
    • A Chain of Events (7:11)
    • Not a Matter of When (9:01)
    • Complacency and Distraction (5:31)
    • Every Bite is Different (7:36)
    • What it’s Like to be Tortured (5:31)
    • The Value of Making it Personal (10:27)
    • September 11 (7:27)
    • Fasciotomy (9:39)
    • Who Gets Bitten and How (11:21)
    • Envenomation by Exotics (14:23)
    • First Aid? (4:33)
    • Time is Tissue (7:36)
    • Anaphylaxis (8:10)
    • A Living Experiment (:)
    • Sticker Shock (6:47)
    • All About Antivenom (11:46)
    • CroFab (4:20)

Bonus Clips (1 hr, 2 min)

    • Bad Habits (2:38)
    • Caging (1:37)
    • Reptile Shows (3:47)
    • Safe By Design (4:18)
    • Lachesis Envenomation (4:31)
    • The Future of Antivenom (4:20)
    • Coral Snake Antivenom (7:08)
    • Venomoids (16:57)
    • Antivenom From Humans? (11:04)
    • Rattlesnake Aversion Training (5:37)
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