Overtown Miscellany at overtown.org.uk
Walton - Wakefield - West Yorkshire
Squire Charles Waterton the Naturalist
and more ....

Search provided by freefind
Charles Waterton section
| Handiworks |
The Rattlesnake Experiment
Charles Waterton on Main Page
| Waterton Main Page | Site Home |
   Principal Menu
Pages in Handiworks
Rattlesnake Experiment
Jenny the Ape
Wildlife Watchtower

Experimenting with Rattlesnakes in Leeds

Click to enlargeCharles Waterton, grasping a rattlesnake, with Dr. Hobson in charge of the lid of the snake case. This event was held in Dr. Hobson's home in Leeds. The experiment involved comparing the effect of Woorali (curare) poison and rattlesnake venom on a number of subjects - rabbits, guinea pigs and pigeons. The Woorali poison had been brought back by the Squire from his South American adventures.

The assembled, somewhat concerned, throng were medical colleagues of the the Doctor. The scene depicted was at a tense moment, the large and fierce looking snake had managed to force its way out - sending many of the guests fleeing in fear. "In the sudden determination to beat a hasty retreat at every hazard, nearly all fled from their supposed perilous position, and several not only rushed down stairs, but even into the street without their hats. During the whole of these dangerously operative experiments, when the unprotected hand was within the case, in the midst of the deadly poisonous reptiles, the Squire was as much at home as if he had been leisurely selecting the sweetest bon-bon, instead of the most vigorous rattle-snake."

The owner of this case of rattlesnakes was described by Dr. Hobson as a Yankee "who turned out to be a perfectly useless member of our party, openly declaring that he would have nothing to do, 'personally', with his venomous friends, and I will do him the justice to say that he strictly adhered to the honest declaration he had made."


Reference source: Charles Waterton, His Home, Habits & Handiwork, Richard Hobson, M.D., Cantab., Leeds. Published by Whittaker & Company, London, and John Smith, Leeds. 1st edition 1866.

See a selection of books about Charles Waterton, Guyana
and more here
offered by Amazon.co.uk

The Rattlesnake Experiment
^ top

Smart Web Hosting
No Limits cPanel Web Hosting - No Contracts or Set-up Fees - 24/7 UK Support
30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

OVERTOWN MISCELLANY (overtown.org.uk)
 © John S. Sargent, 1997 - 2017.
 All rights reserved.

 | About this site | Contact webmaster |