Offbeat Video

By Charlotte Regan


Watch as the terrifying, yet fascinating effects of snake venom take their effects on blood.

David Frolich took this video of the addition of just a few drops of Malayan Pit Viper venom to blood.

Within seconds the blood has formed into a horrifying gel-like substance and it’s not hard to see how deadly these snakes can be.

David says he owns around 40 venomous snakes himself and has been bitten before.

Pic by David Frolich/Caters News

He said: “The snake featured in the video is a Malayan Pit Viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma), which is responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths each year in Thailand.

“Different snakes have different types of venom with different effects. This is hemotoxic venom which causes rapid blood coagulation; this type of venom is typically found in vipers.

“Any type of snake venom can be fatal if it is potent enough and a large enough quantity is injected.

“I have been bitten by a Macrops Pit Viper (Trimeresurus macrops) a few years back, but luckily didn’t have any major complications as I made it to the hospital very quickly.

“If you are bitten by a snake and you don’t know which kind of snake bit you, it is important you get a clear picture of the snake so it can be identified at the hospital, as the treatment for each type of snake is different, and receiving the wrong treatment could kill you.

Pic by David Frolich/Caters News

“It is a common myth that sucking the venom out the bite is a good idea, but this does not work. In fact, it may make the situation worse.

“If you are bitten, remain calm and go to the hospital immediately. I was not really surprised by the outcome of the video as I already knew what was going to happen, but it’s interesting to see it happen right in front of you.”