The Daboia, or Russell’s Snake Viper, is found in Asia throughout the Indian subcontinent, much of Southeast Asia, southern China, and Taiwan. Not only is it extremely aggressive, but it is very poisonous. For most humans, a lethal dose is about 40–70 mg, well within the amount that can be delivered in one bite. It injects 3-4 times that much.
What Russell’s Snake Viper venom does to human blood
For the lucky few that survive, they may face a lifetime of chronic internal injuries because of the venomous bite. Why does the bite of the Russell’s Snake Viper do so much damage to the human body? Because it causes the blood of the victim to coagulate. Do what? Check out the creepy video below which shows what happens to blood when a single drop of snake venom is mixed with it.
What happens if a Russell’s Snake Viper bites you?
The symptoms of a Russell’s Viper bite are severe. The victim typically begins bleeding, commonly through the gums. Blood will begin to show in urine and spit. As blood in the body begins to coagulate, blood pressure drops and heart rate falls. The victim becomes weak and tired. Blistering occurs at the site of the bite and necrosis begins to set in. Vomiting, facial swelling, and kidney failure can also occur.
In-Article Image CreditsDaboia russelii Russel's Viper via Wikimedia Commons by Abhinav Chawla with usage type - GNU Free. March 2, 2010
Featured Image CreditDaboia russelii Russel's Viper via Wikimedia Commons by Abhinav Chawla with usage type - GNU Free. March 2, 2010