Snake Venom and What it Does to its Victims
Depending on the species of snake, there are 5 types of venom that have been identified. Each venom acts differently inside the body of the victim:
Neurotoxic venom – Cobras and Mambas – attacks the central nervous system, and starts to affect movement, breathing, swallowing, speech and sight.
Haematoxic venom – Boomslang – affects the blood by using up the clotting factors so it no longer coagulates leading to extensive blood loss into the tissues.
Cytotoxic venom – Puff Adders – attacks the body cells or tissues, this bite is extremely painful, with much swelling and marked symptoms of shock.
Myotoxic venom – sea snakes – attacks the muscles and can lead to death from kidney and heart failure.