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Witness the Horrifying Effects of Viper Venom on Human Blood

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This story began innocently enough: a researcher for FragranceMad.com was seeking information about the perfume "Cobra" by Jeannes Arthes, when they stumbled upon a video which had nothing to do with the brand (we hope) apart from the snake reference... but it shocked them so much they had to share it.
 
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Photo: Saleem Hameed/Wikimedia Commons
 
In the clip below, we see a demonstration of the effects of snake venom – not from a cobra in this case, but extracted from a Russell's viper – when it comes into direct contact with a glass of fresh human blood. The results are... well, let's just say “dramatic.” See for yourself:
 
 
The Russell's viper (species Daboia russelii) is commonly found in India, and is considered one of the world's most venomous snakes. As you can see, its bite causes almost instantaneous clotting of the blood – a factor which has led to its common use in medical testing: hospitals often use a dilution of the venom to measure the coagulant properties of a patient's blood.
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