Volume 11, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Toxicological, biochemical, pathological and immunological studies were performed on the venoms of and and their chromatographic fractions. Both venoms are predominantly neurotoxic, but possess also hemorrhagic and hepatotoxic activity.

activities common to the venoms of both snakes are protease, phosphatidase A and hyaluronidase. in addition has 1-amino acid oxidase, weak anticoagulant and fibrinolytic activity. possesses a direct hemolysin, demonstrable only in a chromatographically separated fraction.

Evidence was brought forward proving that the neurotoxic activity of venom was not related to its phosphatidase A content. venom was found to contain a hemorrhagin, the action of which is not due to proteolytic enzymes.


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