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What It's Like to Be Bitten by a Cobra

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There’s no debate that snakes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world. And cobras are probably one of the scariest types around. They may look sleek and sexy as they dance out of a wicker basket, but make no mistake, cobras want to bite you.

But unless you go out of your way to do so, most people in the Western world will never have the bad fortune of finding out what being bitten by a cobra is like. It turns out most people who know what cobra bites feel like either aren’t very excited to talk about it or they’re dead. While not many people know what its like to be bitten by a cobra, it doesn't mean it's not a horrible, horrible death.

You may think you know what cobra bites feel like, but the outcome is so much worse than you can imagine. Keep reading and start carrying anti-venom in your pockets, please. 

  • Necrosis Sets in and Leads to Death

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    Some snake venom can settle into your body and cause necrosis, a condition that causes an insufficient amount of blood flow to the tissue and the premature death of the body's cells. This causes tissues - like muscles - to slowly wither away and die. Even after an amputation of the limb, the patient is still at risk of death because of the intensity of the poison. 

  • A Gnarly Scar Is in Your Future

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    When Taylor family visited a resort in Northern Zululand in Africa, the last thing they imagined was be a snake sinking its teeth into their 12-year-old son Jake's shoulder. But that's exactly what happened. “He was asleep and woke up because he felt some sort of pain in his shoulder. When he opened his eyes he saw the snake on his hand and luckily his instinct kicked in, and he flung it out of the bed.” Jake was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that despite being "barely" bitten, he had a GIANT scar on his shoulder. So if you get bitten by a cobra at least you're going to have a great story to tell at bars for the rest of your life. 

  • Seizures Are Also in Your Future

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    In early 2016 a street singer from Indonesia named Irma Bule was bitten by a cobra while she was dancing at a village in West Java. The snake bit her during her second song, and she continued on with her set until she began to have seizures until she died on stage. This is obviously terrible, but it's proof that you're not going to die immediately if you get bitten by a cobra. Remember, if you are bitten by a snake get off stage as quickly as possible. 

  • Cobra Toxins Affect Your Vision

    When Ali Iyoob was bitten by his pet king cobra in North Carolina in April 2016, he tried to get himself to the hospital but that didn't really work out. Iyoob tried to drive to the emergency room but ended up stranded on the highway without being able to see. When he called 911 he complained that his "vision’s kinda blurry," and that he was "sweating like crazy," as well. Shortly afterwards paramedics found him unconscious in his truck on the side of the road. He managed to survive the attack, but faced a slew of other problems: he was arrested and charged with having 18 venomous reptiles illegally in his home