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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