Snake venom has many uses in medicine, especially in researching new drugs. Antivenom is only one of the medical uses of snake venom. Snake venom has been used to test drugs for illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, tumors, polio and many other serious diseases. Chances are good that someone you know has been directly helped by the medical uses of snake venom.

Snake venom is medically valuable, but it takes many many milkings to obtain any quantity of dried venom. The venom business is not an easy way to make money. Even if you can handle and milk snakes without being bitten, it is very difficult to make money selling venom. The initial investment in equipment is considerable. Clients are hard to find and are often reluctant to purchase from new sources. Running a venom lab combines the most difficult aspects of biochemistry, farming and veterinary care, entrepreneurship and a hazardous job that medical insurance won't cover.

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