Russell's viper


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Rus·sell's viper

 (rŭs′əlz)
n.
A venomous snake (Daboia russelii) of South and Southeast Asia, characterized by large black-ringed spots on yellow, tan, or light brown skin.

[After Patrick Russell (1727-1805), Scottish naturalist.]
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By Mail Today Bureau in Bengaluru TWO software professionals were put behind bars after the forest department raided their home in Bengaluru and rescued venomous snakes, including Russell's Viper, kept as pets.
Russell's viper (Doboia russelii, Viperidae) snake is considered to be in the category of highest medical importance in India as it is a highly venomous snake which is commonly widespread and causes numerous bites resulting in high levels of morbidity, disability or mortality (World Health Organization 2010).
Pre-immunization with a low dose of venom from the Russell's viper also protected mice from a higher dose of venom from this snake, which is one of the "big four" species responsible for most snakebite deaths in India.
In the somewhat disturbing video below, a single drop of venom from a Russell's viper is enough to cause a cup of blood to coagulate into a gelatin-like slab of clotted matter:
Found throughout South East Asia, the Russell's Viper is normal fairly docile, but can become aggressive if an attempt is made to pick it up.
And we are one of the few manufacturers of the dilute Russell's viper venom time test (dRVVT) in the world.
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