Category Archive 'Russell’s Viper'

18 Jul 2013

What Viper Venom Does to Blood

The snake providing the venom is a Russell’s viper, Daboia russelii.

20 Jul 2012

How Viper Venom Works


Russell’s viper, Daboia russellii

Vipers kill their prey using hemotoxic venom, which essentially turns their victim’s blood into plastic. Solidified blood causes pain, massive swelling, paralysis, and necrosis in extremities, and when hemotoxic envenomation reaches the vital organs, death typically ensues.

This is what happens when a single drop of venom from a Russell’s viper (the deadliest Asiatic viper) is dropped into a petri dish of blood.

Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

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