He landed in the hospital, where antivenin serum was administered until he regained his senses. The purloined vipers were taken to the basement of the zoo's reptile house, where they were treated to a week of stress-free observation.
Viper venoms are hemotoxic (act on the blood) as compared to the neurotoxic venoms of elapids (cobras and adders). The Viper family has three subfamilies: the mountain viper Azemiopinae, true viper Viperinae, and pit viper Crotalinae. They are found worldwide. -Introduction to Herpetology, 3rd ed., Goin, Goin, and Zug, pp333-36.
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