Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What viper venom does to human blood

Reader Phssthpok left a comment on yesterday's post about the German snake-charmer killed by a French Aspic viper.  He provided the link to this short video clip, showing what adder venom does to human blood.  I found it fascinating.  I can't embed it here, thanks to YouTube's age restrictions, so you'll have to go to the link to watch it.  Recommended.

Thanks, Phssthpok!  Very useful information.  (BTW, did anyone ever tell you your screen name might sound a bit like an angry viper hissing, then taking a bite?  Just listen:  Phssth . . . POK!)



Anonymous said...

'Phssthpok' is a character in the excellent sci-fi book 'Protector' by Larry Niven.

Elizabeth said...

Jeebas! That was horrifying! You do link to some fascinating stuff. Thank you for that.

MattB said...

Yeah Larry Niven-- You should know that!

Phssthpok said...

I've generally heard the name likened more to the opening of a drink can (drink...NOT BEER...real beer does not come in 'cans').


trailbee said...

Obscene but needed to see to understand. Now I understand.