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King cobra toxins are mostly a mixture of phospholipases and neurotoxins that act on the cholinorgenic system to cause paralysis. Death from a king cobra bite usually occurs because the paralysis of the lungs prevents one from breathing, causing death.
A few important things to consider:
If you are interested in the topic of snake venoms, I recommend:
“Handbook of Venoms and Toxins of Reptiles” by Stephen P. Mackessy
It is one of my favorite books. This book pushed me to study Biochemistry as bachelor.
Yep. Just to clarify for those who don’t know. “Snake venom denatures” is like cooking an eggs When you cook an egg, its proteins start breaking down. This is denaturation. Same thing happens with most proteins, including snake venom.
Snake venom “spoils” easily - i.e “denaturation”.
Also, almost everything can be a poison depending on context. Oxygen is poison above a certain pressure, even water is deadly if you drink too much too fast.
There’s nothing wrong with using natural poisons to make stuff. We do it all the time. You may know Botox ? Its made from the most poisonous toxins known. Snake venom is used similarly in research, but its not possible to deliver it as medication easily.