Here is What Snake Venom Does to Blood

It might shock you to know that even though snakes are portrayed in the media as violent, vicious, vindictive, venomous and vile, they are in fact mostly harmless. 85% of all snakes are categorized as non-venomous and out of about 2700 recorded species of snakes, 30 pose a danger to humans. There are thousands of species of snakes that run wild without endangering human lives but the ones we are mostly familiar with are vipers, anacondas, boa constrictors, pythons, king cobras and adders due to their deadly natures.

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Nevertheless, there has been considerable research done to develop antidotes or antivenins to the poisons of these snakes and part of that research is understanding what it actually does. Few of us truly what the word poison means, just that it is used to kill. Most poisons act by starting a chemical reaction that harms the body; for instance cyanide, a very common poison,  acts as an inhibitor to the respiration process, killing a human being within an hour. So naturally to counter a poison, one needs to understand how it works.

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Viper venom, is a compound that can clot blood in large quantities and halt its circulation. When viper venom is injected into the body, it renders much of the surrounding tissue and muscle lifeless. A video navigating the internet these days shows exactly “what viper venom can do.” A single drop of the venom can clot many times its volume in blood.

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Researchers are looking to duplicate its properties to develop a coagulating agent to stop bleeding.