insaniac wrote:What are the symptoms of the bite ? Sorry, would've checked if I could, the entire internet is blocked here at work...
I bribed the I.T. guys to open up this site for me...
Not a heck of alot of information out there,
Here's what Wikipedia says about the venom, "The venom is very potent and has caused deaths. Death can occur in as little as 5 minutes. Like other elapidae, its venom is primarily neurotoxic. The bite initially has few or even no symptoms. However, after several minutes, the victim may feel numbness near the wound and lip. Soon, the victim may feel difficulty in breathing. Death is a result of respiratory failure. Some call it "the 100 paces" snake because that is as far as any man could walk after being bitten.
A chemical analysis of the venom by fractionation with a Sephadex column has identified five different fractions, S1-S5. Fraction S2 contains two phospholipases A2 — PLA2 I and PLA2 II; fraction S3 contains four cytotoxin homologues — maticotoxins A, C, D1 and D2; and fractions S4 and S5 contain a large amount (about 1 mg/specimen) of adenosine with smaller amounts of inosine and guanosine. The amino-terminal amino acid sequences of PLA2, I, PLA2 II and maticotoxin A suggest that Maticora bivirgata is closely related to Bungarinae, especially to genera Hemachatus and Naja."
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