Milking a viper for venom

Milking a viper for venom

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Caption: Gathering venom from a snake. A scientist 'milking' venom from a Siberian pit viper (Gloydius halys). The snake is captured and is encouraged to bite at a membrane over a cup. The snake injects venom through the membrane. The venom is then diluted and injected into a horse, goat or cat. The animal's immune system produces antibodies which can later be separated from the animal's blood to create an antivenom. Photographed at the Siberian Ophidarium Company, Novosibirsk, Russia.

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