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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:35 pm

The Malayan or Blue Krait is, by far, the most deadly of this species. Found throughout South East Asia and Indonesia, 50% of bites from the deadly Blue Krait are fatal, even with the administration of antivenin.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:36 pm

Kraits hunt and kill other snakes, even cannibalizing other Kraits. They are a nocturnal breed, and are more aggressive under the cover of darkness.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:38 pm

However, overall they are quite timid and will often attempt to hide rather than fight. The venom is a neurotoxin, 16 times more potent than that of a Cobra.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:40 pm

It quickly induces muscle paralysis by preventing the ability of nerve endings to properly release the chemical that sends the message to the next nerve.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:41 pm

Along with those symptoms, the further problem is being followed by a period of massive over excitation , cramps, tremors, spasms, which finally tails off to paralysis.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:43 pm

Fortunately, bites from Kraits are rare due to their nocturnal nature. Before the development of antivenin, the fatality rate was a whopping 85%. Even if antivenin is administered in time, you are far from assured survival.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:44 pm

Death usually occurs within 6-12 hours of a Krait bite. Even if patients make it to a hospital, permanent coma and even brain death from hypoxia may occur, given potentially long transport times to get medical care.



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