I'd piss my fucking pants

  1. I mean putting it back in the shelf is the most dangerous part. It’s either your reflexes or the snake’s

  2. I know who he is. He’s immune to venom. Been injecting himself since the 90s little bit at a time. Really good for conservation and highly respected in Florida / The reptile community. Him and Tom Crutchfield

  3. I think you can actually drink snake venom. Since it's venom instead of poison, as long as you don't have a big cut in your stomach lining, you should be fine.

  4. I don't think he is, the first one might be a leucistic specimen of the same rattlesnake species. Note the shape of the head. The first one looks like an older chonkier female.

  5. Antivenom is not snake specific but type of snake. So in the US the only antivenom we regularly stock is pit viper venom ie rattle snakes, copper heads... etc. Certain municipalities will carry others depending on what venomous snakes are registered, ie exotics.

  6. He isn't. Both snakes are eastern diamond back rattlesnakes, one is just albino. He's milking them and the venom will be used to make anti venom.

  7. I've done that. Harvesting snake venom for antivenom production. It's generally done by lab techs. You put the snake on a smooth surface, because it can't get as much purchase to move quickly as it would inside its box. The venom is given to large mammals (generally horses) in small doses - too small to hurt the horse, but enough to make the horses immune system react. You then take some of the horses blood, spin it in a centrifuge to make the heavy bit (red blood cells, platelets, etc) separate out and take the clear bit (blood plasma) which contains anti-bodies to the snake venom. The anti-bodies bind to the molecular structure of the snake venom and make it less effective in poisoning someone who has been bitten.

  8. Think about it, one wrong move, one lapse in judgment, or letting your guard down for a split second, you're dead. I'm too scatter-brained for something like this.

  9. Hmm… Makes me wonder… Can a snake give a venomous bite after that? Or would you be relatively safe during its refractory period?

  10. Probably depends on the species, some snakes barely have enough venom to kill one person, so once they're milked they won't have enough to kill a human for a while. However, there surely are trace amounts of venom in their fangs and glands left afterwards. So, for example, a black mamba with venom potent enough to kill up to 100 people would probably still be able to wreck your shit after that.

  11. I know this guy. It's Jim Harrison with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. He's badass and one of the only responsible venomous keepers going.

  12. The snake gets a guaranteed meal when it's hungry, which is literally all reptiles care about. They don't play, they don't explore or anything. A reptile's life is literally just find food>eat food>wait on repeat, with heavy emphasis on the wait part.

  13. Seriously. Imagine being kept in a box too small for you to stand up in, then being brought out so your alien captors can hold you down and make you spit in a cup.

  14. Seriously! We've got self driving cars, deep space probes, and experimental nuclear fusion, yet the best we can do here is curvy pointy stick?!

  15. Pretty sure this is Kentucky Reptile Zoo. They’re extracting for medical and scientific purposes. The zoo’s worth a visit if you’re in Red River Gorge. Both Jim and Kristen who run it are great people.

  16. I've always had that question!!! Does this guy do a couple of demonstrations and then tell the intern to give it a try?!?!? Oops boss, we need another intern 😂. I think all the referrals people get for dangerous places like this, might be coming from people who want them dead legally 😂

  17. You start with relatively passive non-venomous snakes. Then you move on to more temperamental and bitey non-venomous snakes, ones that'll do their best to bite you but will just make you bleed if they succeed. Once you've mastered those, then you move on to the mildly venomous snakes and practice even more before messing with the really dangerous ones.

  18. Well, for one, the thickness required to prevent them from biting you would make you lose a lot of range of motion, dexterity, grip strength, etc.

  19. They typically live underground for a good amount of their lives in a den possibly smaller. They are also generally nocturnal. They need heat, food, and water. Though I dont think theres any instance where money and animals collide that is humane.

  20. Nope. Snakes are reptiles and ambush predator. They spend most of their time doing nothing at all. Its perfectly normal for some snakes to eat a thing, then slither down into a hole and sleep for a full week or longer.

  21. It is not. Snakes require a lot more than a bin in a warm room to be healthy. Of course, that's not practical at all so facilities like this settle for the lowest requirements.

  22. Right?!? They look miserable. Most venomous snakes are so docile and avoidant anyway. Must be super traumatic for them. Hard to watch.

  23. This is Kentucky Reptile Zoo. They extract for medical and scientific purposes. They’ve been doing this for years, breed many of the species on sight, go to great lengths to ensure the animals are uninjured in the process and are great to chat with if you’re ever in the area. Although it looks stressful each animal is only milked on a weekly basis and will eat (a sign of low stress) within hours of those process.

  24. Can you imagine if this was a corporate job, how much PPE that guy would have to wear? And how many electronic logbooks he would have to sign? And need a safety spotter present? …etc.

  25. Yep. This is a common practice sadly. People who selectively breed ball pythons on a large scale also do this. They value efficiency over the quality of life of the animals.

  26. I showed this to my wife and she laughed hysterically asking why are they in drawers that are not locked!?!?

  27. Poor little Jenny who stepped too close to a venous snake while hiking with be her parents and now can't obtain the antivenom since animal rights activists caused the antivenom labs to shut down

  28. I don't understand how those rack systems are humane. Hate snakes, pretty much phobic, but still have compassion for those cooped up things.

  29. What snakes want is food and somewhere cozy to hide. Those heated enclosed racks are a great "somewhere cozy to hide" for a snake.

  30. As long as it's kept a pleasant temperature, that's probably fine for snakes. They're ambush predators with really low metabolisms, so a comfy protected place to curl up and hide between meals is ideal. I don't think they get bored and need stimulation like mammals.

  31. This is so sad those poor snakes are left in those boxes and are used as test subjects for their venom. If ur gonna capture and torture them at least put them in a big cage or something. Thank can barely move in those small boxes

  32. Torture is wayyy too strong of a word to describe what is happening, these snakes are uncomfortable when handled, sure but are not harmed in anyway. Also in the wild snakes live in very small spaces similar to these boxes and are quite content because most venomous snakes are ambush predators and wait for food to come to them. In otherwords these snakes get to live in a small dark space and have food brought to them, exactly what would happen in the wild but in captivity they have food brought to them on a regular basis.

  33. Likewise from the other end of the spectrum - never got how people can not like snakes, much less be scared of them. If you aren't introduced to the preconceived notion that snakes are scary as a kid you're unlikely to think of them as such.

  34. If you ever get bit by one you better not call 911 and go to a hospital. You’ll only be supporting these practices.

  35. Yes, especially because that dude like pressed down right on top of the snake's head. Seemingly wasn't very gentle. I've never milked a snake before, but I've also never seen it done so roughly.

  36. These animals are being treated like shit. Living in a tiny lightless box and being tossed around by an asshole that manhandling them. This dude deserves a bite to the dick.

  37. Is this how these snakes spend their whole lives. Just sitting in these small dark boxes untill it's time to get milked? That's kinda cruel.. I hate snakes but even to me this seems quite unreasonable.

  38. I don’t like snakes but that still seems like a shitty life for them. Should be illegal to keep living things in boxes for their life.

  39. Can anybody name what kind of snakes were they and where they are commonly found? Hopefully both are quite far from my place.

  40. bro no matter how I get used to this if I actually was in this guy's place I will always pay more extra attention and be ready for shit to get fucked up

  41. There has to be a better method and some type of gloves/arm protection or anything that may prevent an accidental bite.

  42. So where I retired from the fire department there was a university that had a venomous snake room with lots of snakes in it and they did lots of research with snake venom for the good of humanity.

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