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Eric Worrell (1924 - 1987) was an Australian herpetologist and writer who was a pioneer in the production of snake anti-venom in Australia.
Total Books: 9
Worrell was born in Sydney and grew up in Paddington. During the Second World War he worked as a civilian blacksmith on the installation of shore artillery in Darwin while studying and collecting reptiles.
In 1949, Worrell opened the Ocean Beach Aquarium at Umina Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was here that he first started supplying snake venom to the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) in Melbourne. In 1958, he moved to Wyoming, New South Wales, establishing the Australian Reptile Park. In 1996, after Worrell's death, the Park was moved to Somersby.
In 1970 Worrell received an MBE in recognition of his lifesaving role in the development of snake anti-venoms. In the same year the ARP began supplying funnel-web spider venom to the CSL in the process of developing an anti-venom. He died of a heart attack, aged 63, in 1987.