Skip to comments.Russell's Viper venom turns blood into jelly (Video)
Posted on 05/22/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT by servo1969
This terrifying video shows the effect of just one drop of snake venom on blood - turning it solid within moments.
The clip shows a handler pinning down a dangerous Russell's viper, using a wooden stick on the back of its head.
The handler then encourages the viper to bite into the the lid of a vial, causing venom to drain from its fangs and collect in the glass container.
A single drop of the powerful poison is then syringed into a glass of blood.
Almost instantly, the blood turns lumpy - sliding around the dish like jelly.
The shocking clip shows how an attack from the south Asian snake can leave prey dead or dying in seconds.
The Russell's viper is considered one of the deadliest snakes in the world, killing or severely injuring many people every year with its powerful poison.
But the fearsome creatures, which can grow to over five feet long, are only aggressive once disturbed.
And the amazing clotting power of their venom can also be used for good.
A diluted version of the poison is sometimes used to stop uncontrolled bleeding in people suffering from haemophilia.
Hemotoxins are frequently employed by venomous animals, including vipers and pit vipers. Animal venoms contain enzymes and other proteins that are hemotoxic or neurotoxic or occasionally both (as in the Mojave Rattlesnake, the Japanese mamushi, and similar species). In addition to killing the prey, part of the function of a hemotoxic venom for some animals is to aid digestion. The venom breaks down protein in the region of the bite, making prey easier to digest.
The process by which a hemotoxin causes death is much slower than that of a neurotoxin. Snakes which envenomate a prey animal may have to track the prey as it flees. Typically, a mammalian prey item will stop fleeing not because of death, but due to shock caused by the venomous bite. Dependent upon species, size, location of bite and the amount of venom injected, symptoms in humans such as nausea, disorientation, and headache may be delayed for several hours.
Hemotoxins are used in diagnostic studies of the coagulation system. Lupus anticoagulans is detected by changes in the dilute Russell's viper venom time (DRVVT), which is a laboratory assay based onas its name indicatesvenom of the Russell's viper.
I bet it really hurts.
Where is this snake found?
in all IRS offices...
Sir.....There’s a fire.
Note to self: avoid the Hindu snake charming trick with this one.