12/07/2012 05:49 BST | Updated 10/09/2012 06:12 BST

Snake Venom Clots Blood (VIDEO)

They’re not the cuddliest of creatures but this video of what occurs when hemotoxic snake venom comes into contact with blood is truly disturbing.

The clip, featured on Live Leak sees a fanged reptile being milked for its venom. The poison is then transferred into a hypodermic needle and injected into a small glass of blood.

The blood clots almost instantly, turning the blood into a slippery gelatinous ball.

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It’s a horrifying sight, but does beg the question as to whether the clotting agent in a snake's venom could be used to prevent people from bleeding to death.

Last month Australian biotechnology company Q-Sera announced it had raised funds to develop technology for producing a serum based on the blood clotting properties of snake venom.

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