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Nathaniel Fränk

Nathaniel is the founder and owner of MToxins Venom Laboratory and an expert in venomous snake handling and venom extraction. His work through MToxins has directly contributed to the production of life-saving antivenoms as well as, some of the largest venom research studies of the past decade.

He has also spent the last several years training undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point,  to help develop the next generation of herpetologists. Nathaniel is dedicated to helping toxinologists create the highest quality antivenoms to save lives throughout Africa, as well as providing training to safely handle these animals in the field.

Megan Villand

Megan Villand, MToxins Director of Operations, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point, with a majour in Biology and minors in Captive Wildlife Management, and Environmental Ethics. 

She began her career working with venomous snakes through The Rattlesnake Conservancy, where she received training in; safe handling, captive husbandry, and treatment of envenomation. 

Megan serves as the Husbandry Manager of the UW-Stevens Point Ichthyology and Aquarium Science society, managing fish and aquatic inverts for research and education. 

In her role at MToxins, Megan oversees all aspects of lab protocol. From filing our (investigative new drug) paperwork with the FDA, to managing all record keeping. She also handles venom processing with Nathaniel as well as performs all fecal smears etc, to ensure top health to our animals. 

Outside of MToxins she also; tutors biology, works at a local nature centre, and volunteers environmental service and education as a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. 

Shane Smith

Shane Smith, MToxins head of husbandry, hails from Deltona Florida where he grew up catching reptiles and amphibians. After high school, he joined the United States Coast Guard where he served for 14 years of active duty. While in Florida, Shane obtained his Florida venomous keeping permit, and continued expanding his private collection. 

After relocating to the midwest, Mr. Smith still serves as a reservist while attending college for Conservation and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

In his spare time, he enjoys maintaining and breeding a large collection of Viperidae, Heloderma, and Elapidae.