Man dies from a black mamba bite trying to extract its venom for medical research in South Africa

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A snake farm manager has died after being bitten by a 10ft black mamba while trying to extract venom to be used for medical research.

Ryan Soobrayan, who had recently gotten engaged, died the day before his 27th birthday after being bitten by the snake at African Reptiles and Venom in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fang - Herpetologist - Finger - Mamba - World

Just one fang punctured the experienced herpetologist's finger, but as the black mamba is one of the world's most poisonous snakes, no more than two drops of venom can be enough to kill.

Mr Soobrayan immediately summoned help from colleagues, but despite their efforts, he collapsed and went into anaphylactic shock and died.

Snake - Farm - Owner - Mike - Perry

The snake farm's owner Mike Perry said Mr Soobrayan had been responsible for venom extraction at the centre, and he often trained others how to do it.

Mr Perry said: 'His untimely demise was not due to the bite but as a result of anaphylaxis. We are devastated by the incident. He had a severe allergic reaction to the mamba venom'.

Reptiles - Venom - Identification - Awareness - Programmes

African Reptiles and Venom provides snake identification and awareness programmes along with snakebite treatment and first aid training to assist those who have been bitten by a poisonous snake.

Herpetologist Johan Morais at the African Snakebite Institute said the black mamba was highly dangerous and a person would normally die between three and 16 hours without anti-venom.

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He said: 'You need to get to hospital as quickly as possible black mambas have neurotoxic venom which affects the breathing and at hospital they can assist you with a ventilator.

'What is strange here is that he did not from the venom but his body went into shock from it'.

Mr - Soobrayan - Fiancée - Jackie - Sewcheran

Mr Soobrayan's devastated fiancée Jackie Sewcheran who got engaged to him in April said on Facebook: 'You always wanted to make an impact on the world my love– look at what you...
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