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Types of Venom

Discussion in 'General Venomous' started by reddesilets, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. reddesilets

    reddesilets Member

    I am realizing I am WOEFULLY unable to recall a lot of snake factoids that I once knew better than anything else. One of those things is the types of venoms in various types of snakes. Am I correct in saying that, for the most part, elapids are primarily Neurotoxic and vipers are primarily Cytotoxic/Hemotoxic?

  2. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

    It gets a little more detailed, however.
  3. reddesilets

    reddesilets Member

    Yeah I know it's a blend but I was drawing a blank on which snakes caused more damage to blood and tissue, and which snakes primarily depended on disabling the nervous system. Thanks! :)
  4. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Necrotic venom kill the tissue kind of like flesh eating disease!
  5. Snakes Inc.

    Snakes Inc. Member

    Neurotoxins: Block the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles, especially those associated with the diaphragm and breathing

    Cytotoxic: Intense pain and swelling. Dissolves muscle and body tissue

    Hemotoxic: Venom effects the blood and organs, causing a breakdown or inflammation in the body. Hemotoxic bites are the most painful as breathing hurts and tissues start to die.

    Some snakes combine venom types for a more effective bite, while others only carry one specific form of venom. All venoms contain a complex cocktail of proteins and enzymes.
  6. reddesilets

    reddesilets Member


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