Snake ID

Do you Know These Snakes?

The Snake ID Challenge (Phases 1 & 2)

A joint initiative byUniversity of Zurich / ETH Zurich

Venomous snakebites and the Challenge

Venomous snakebite is responsible for over 125,000 deaths and around three times as many permanent disabilities every year. One of the reasons for this is that healthcare providers are limited in their herpetological expertise and access to resources. The project team behind the Snake ID Challenge works on creating tools that anyone can use to identify snakes. The goal is to help clinicians better treat snakebite cases, educate people, and at the same time improve snake conservation and help scientists discover new species.

What the Challenge is all about

In Phase 1 of the Snake ID Challenge (March 2019) we showed images of snakes already classified by experts to citizen scientists and asked them to identify as many snakes as possible at the species, genus, or family level. We studied the competence (and speed) of the crowd in matching the expert identification. In Phase 2 (Autumn 2019), unclassified images were shown, and again citizen scientists identified which species are in the images. This time it was to create a new dataset.

Winners of our Second Challenge Announced!

Thank you for participating and congratulations! Here are the winners of the autumn 2019 challenge:

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Thank you for having contributed to these challenges!

A big thank you to everyone who took part in these two challenges! Every single contribution brings us closer to our overall goal: to protect snakes and humans and to support the treatment of snake bite. But this was only the beginning, other challenges have followed and will follow in the future. They are held on the new platform – our Citizen Science Project Builder. Stay tuned and become part of those challenges as well.

Project Partners

This project supports Goal 3 of the UN SDGs: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and in particular Target 3.3 on ending neglected tropical disease. The Sustainable Development Goals

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