Snakes have fascinated mankind since prehistoric times. They have been the symbol of love and hate, war and peace, good and evil, god and devil, and life and death; oftentimes they have been contradictory symbols within the same civilization. They are one of the few living organisms which evoke a response – positive or negative – when one hears a hissing from a snake or a rattling sound from a rattlesnake or even a mere mention of the word ‘snake’. Their mystical serpentine movement – a canonical feature of these unusual limbless organisms – makes one's skin crawl. Above all, the intense fascination probably arises from their deadly venoms, which when injected into the victim lead to death of even the healthiest individuals. Numbers of victims who succumb to snakebite range from 60000 to 100000 per year in the 21st Century1.

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