When it comes to snakes, many people tend to steer clear from these slithery creatures to avoid getting bitten by their venomous bites. But it turns out that there are actually some snakes that can hurt you without having to dig their fangs into your skin. All they have to do is spread their saliva on you.
In this video, viewers get the opportunity to watch a spitting cobra spit on their prey. This Mozambique spitting cobra sprays its venom on approaching victims to deter them from attacking the reptile. The host of the video puts on a visor, layered with a special coating, that turns pink when it comes in contact with venom.
The man walks towards the cobra and leans towards the predator hoping to get sprayed. Although snake venom is dangerous, it’s harmless when intact on mammalian skin. However, if the venom happens to enter the eye, it can cause swelling and even permanent blindness if left untreated. Fortunately, this man has his trusty ol’ visor on to avoid getting the venom on his face.
According to the man in the video, spitting cobras will move their heads side to side to increase their chances of getting their venom into their victim’s eyes. Once a drop gets in your eye, you’re pretty much screwed. There is a reason why the Mozambique spitting cobra is considered to be one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. It’s best to avoid these creatures at all costs.
After getting sprayed by the spitting cobra, the man takes off his mask and shows it to the camera. Viewers get a close up look of the visor and we can see pink specks scattered all over the front of the headgear.
“Every one of those pink dots is a bead of venom and if any one of them had gone in my eye I would be now blind and in extreme pain,” he said. “So it’s a fair warning from that snake to me, not to get any closer.”
The video was posted by the YouTube channel globalzoo and has been viewed over 184,000 times since it was first posted on January 22nd, 2010.