Watch: Irula snake catcher extracts reptile's venom with bare hands, internet stunned


Snakes are considered one of the most frightening creatures on the planet. A single bite from some of the species is fatal. However, snake venom is also used in medical research. Wildlife conservators have long been concerned about the fact that snakes can be harmed when researchers extract their venom. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Supriya Sahu has shared a video that shows how snake venom can be extracted without causing any harm to the reptile.

The Irula tribe, an ethnic group from Tamil Nadu, have been following the process for a long time with special permission from the Indian government. In the video, a snake catcher from the tribe can be seen holding a Russell’s viper with his bare hands and carefully drawing its venom into a glass container. The man performed the task without hurting the snake.


Sahu explained in the caption, “Nothing less than fascinating to see Irula tribes extracting snake venom from snakes like cobra, Russell’s viper, krait etc without harming them. Venom is sold to pharma companies to make Anti Snake Venom. Set up in 1978 Irula Snake Catcher’s Society has 300 members.”

Since being uploaded, the 25-second-long clip has received over 7,000 views and hundreds of users have liked it so far. Apart from appreciating the Irula community, users also highlighted the risk factors in the process. Some of them stated that minimum safety measures should be followed while doing the procedure.

A viewer noted, “No minimum protection measures were followed.”

Another user urged the government to “promote as well as protect people of this (Irula) tribe.”

An individual wrote, “This may be risky sometime. Mass awareness is necessary.”

Here are some other reactions:

Irula snake catchers in the Chinglepet area have come together to form the Snake-Catchers’ Cooperative in order to catch snakes, extract and freeze-dry venom, and sell it to anti-venom-producing labs like the Haffkine Institute. After three extractions, the snakes are returned to the wild. The extension and development of the project was made possible by funding from the Tamil Nadu government.

Read all the Latest News, Trending News, Cricket News, Bollywood News,
India News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

यह भी पढ़ें



Article,4,ASE News,2,Business,23,codecanyon,3,DPR,1,Education / Employment,1,Entertainment,10,IANS – The Siasat Daily,3,India news,4159,Latest news,1,Madhy Pradesh,465,main,19,National,162,News,1,PTI – The Siasat Daily,3,Sports,11,World,22,World News,1703,
Watch: Irula snake catcher extracts reptile's venom with bare hands, internet stunned
Watch: Irula snake catcher extracts reptile's venom with bare hands, internet stunned
ASE News
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content