What It Feels Like To Die of a Boomslang Bite

It’s estimated that somewhere between one and five million people are bitten by snakes every year, with around 1/5 of those resulting in death. That number is a lot lower than it once was — several decades ago, antivenoms for deadly snakes were few and far between, so people frequently succumbed to bites. One such victim was American herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt.

Schmidt worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago during his scientific ca

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