Wondering what cobra is? It is a snake, among the deadliest in the world, known for their nerve-killing venom which has now become a big money earner. 

Care to know what it is used for? Continue reading.

In Bangladesh, police said one person has been arrested in the nation’s capital, Dhaka with 12 pounds of cobra venom worth about $5.48 million in the international market.

A police team, acting on a tip-off, arrested Solaiman Azad, 61, on Tuesday in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi area and recovered from him six sealed glass containers containing cobra venom weighing 12 pounds.

Xinhua New Agency reports that the official, who did not like to be named, said the seized venom is worth 450 million taka in international black market and was likely to be sent to a foreign country.

Officials said organised gangs of local smugglers having link with their foreign sidekicks are increasingly using Bangladesh as a route for the illegal transportation of cobra venom.

Wondering what the venom is used for?

Protein unique to king cobra venom, elicits neurological reactions in mice called ohanin. It is being used in a painkiller that is 20 times more potent than morphine, and has no observable side effects.

It is time to go get the cobra, but it is okay to get a little more insight about Snake venom. It is a curious thing, and king cobra venom is even more mysterious. Cobra venoms are among the fastest-acting venoms found in snakes.

They quickly cripple the nervous system, sending out toxins that bind to muscular receptors in the victim.

These toxins then block the chemical neurotransmitters that communicate with the muscle and control its contractions.

Without this ability, the victim becomes paralyzed, and experiences respiratory failure and could die, a professor of molecular biology, genetics, and medical genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Sean B. Carroll said.