A Harrowing Account of What It’s Like to Die From a Snakebite

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In 1957, American herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt was bitten by a poisonous boomslang snake. With no anti-venom available—and mistakenly believing he hadn’t received a fatal dose—he proceeded to do what any diligent scientist would do: he kept a detailed diary chronicling the last agonizing hours of his life.

This fascinating video of Schmidt’s “Death Diary” was produced by ScienceFriday. But be warned, the descriptions in the video are quite graphic and disturbing.

[ SciFri ]


Email the author at george@gizmodo.com and follow him at @dvorsky. Top image of boomslang snake: Stuart G. Porter/Shutterstock

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PartyPooper2012
PartyPooper2012

If he watched this video on youtube, he would have known the results without getting bit.