AKI associated with bites of Russell's viper
, [3,4] Saw-scaled Viper,  Puff Adder,  Pit Viper,  Sea snake  and Tiger snake.
A Wildlife SOS rapid response team comprising of two trained snake rescuers promptly arrived at the location and identified the snake as a Russell's viper
(Daboia russelii), one of the 'big four' venomous snakes to be found in the Indian subcontinent.
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.
(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.
Phylogeography of the Russell's viper
(Daboia russelii) complex in relation to variation in the colour pattern and symptoms of envenoming was also studied in which fragments of cytochrome b comprising 758 bp were amplified (Thorpe et al.
Most commonly, the dilute Russell's Viper
Venom Time is used and the inhibitory effects of lupus anticoagulants are overcome by adding an excess of phospholipid to the assay.
Of the 200 odd species of snakes found in India, only four are truly venomous and widely distributed: the spectacled cobra, the common krait, Russell's viper
, and saw scaled viper.
The factor V-activating enzyme (RVV-V) from Russell's viper