Venom is a complex concoction, a blend of compounds “toxic and lethal…to immobilize

with some “enzymes to digest,” rounded out with other ingredients

responsible for important but non-lethal biological effects

Collectively, these molecular components make up a vicious cocktail;

pieces of a nasty and potentially lethal puzzle

But by harnessing their individual strengths, each piece can be used in decidedly less deadly

and more medically significant ways.

ANTIVENOM

Antivenom is the only available treatment for envenomation via snakebite

It operates on the “lock-and-key” principle of protein, which have a specific three-dimensional shape.

They can only be activated or acted upon by an equally specific substrate, which must fit the protein exactly.

Anti-venom is filled with anti-bodies that are a perfect fit for venom proteins, binding to them and preventing

them from doing harm

If administered soon after the bite occurs, majority of envenomed victims recover.

 

CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES OF SNAKE BITES ON HUMANS AND PETS