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Behind locked doors of the biggest venom producer in the world

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(26 Oct 2012) Valence, France, October 11, 2012 1. Various of Puff Adder crawling and striking on floor of storage room in venom production laboratory 2. Various tracking shots of member of staff going through security doors to get to snake storage area (serpentarium) 3. Close of man's feet stepping onto and off disinfectant pads 4. Close of man entering storage unit 5. Wide reverse view of man coming into storage unit 6. Close tilt down of trays with labels giving details of the snakes held within 7. Mid of man opening tray 8. Close of snake in tray 9. Wide of snake being checked by staff and tray being closed 10. SOUNDBITE: (English), Harold de Pomyers, CEO, Latoxan "The species we are housing here coming from all over the world, and anti-venom manufacturers are trying to develop regional anti-venom products, and we need to cover these many different species." 11. Wide pan from road to the gates of Latoxan laboratories 12. Close of Latoxan company sign 13. Close of warning sign reading: "Do not park, access for fire brigade " 14. Mid of Indian Cobra on the floor of the storage area being lifted 15. Close of Indian Cobra in drawer which is being shut 16. SOUNDBITE: (English), Harold de Pomyers, CEO, Latoxan "The quantities we are getting from milking are very small and accordingly the prices may seem very expensive. Prices of venoms, of snake venoms, range from about 500 Euros ($650 USD), to 4000 Euros, ($5,200 USD) per gram (0.03 ounces) and the price of the scorpions range from between 10,000 Euros ($13,000 USD) per gram (0.03 ounces) and 30,000 Euros ($39,000 USD)." 17. Wide zoom in of Latoxan laboratory workers picking up Puff Adder for venom collection 18. Close of lab worker holding head of snake 19. Various of venom being extracted into glass 20. Close of snake's fangs 21. Close of another snake being milked for it's venom 22. Various close of laboratory worker examining venom in glass 23. Wide of laboratory worker taking out tray of scorpions stored in jars 24. Close of scorpion being removed from jar 25. Various of scientist preparing scorpion for venom extraction 26. Close of scorpion venom being extracted Paris, France, September 27, 2012 27. SOUNDBITE: (English), Professor Max Goyffon, biochemist & immunologist, Mus�um National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, " Venom potential is huge. We have calculated than in snake venom, or precisely in scorpion venom, we can find few hundred unknown different toxins. We only know one or two per cent of them. There is about 2000 different species of scorpions, if you multiply these 2000 species by hundreds toxins, you will get million of substances to analysed and to study. This is a huge potential. Valence, France, October 11, 2012 28. Various of laboratory worker pouring venom into storage jar 29. Close of jar being sealed and put in cupboard LEADIN The number of companies producing venom for antidotes has shrunk so drastically, that demand is pushing up its value. The venom is used as to combat lethal snake and insect bites, but now doctors believe it may hold the key to understanding and treating other illnesses. STORYLINE : This Puff Adder is inside Latoxan, France's biggest producer of venom. It's also one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Its bite releases a slow acting cytotoxic venom. It causes severe tissue damage, and if it remains untreated it can spread, causing gangrene and secondary infections which can result in loss of fingers and limbs. It can cause circulatory collapse and renal failure, which can result in death. This Puff Adder is just one of hundreds of snakes from seventy different species that are kept at this high security laboratory in Valence in south eastern France. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/a4c497075394c7a8a5767500554bc273 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Text Comments (244)
Abhishek Sammy (20 hours ago)
They just rape snakes everyday ....cruel and merciless people
Michael Monfore (4 days ago)
I can see why you charge so much for your venom what with all the expense you go to in order to make the snakes comfortable. Wouldn't be able to tell the difference between their natural environment and where you are keeping them.🖕
Richard Viders (11 days ago)
Does Medicare or perhaps Medigap cover a person if they are bit by a venomous snake and need vials of anti  venom?
ElectricAngel19 (11 days ago)
so yeah... venom producers or not...light, at the very least, is a requirement. damn piss poor keeping going there. think i would stick to snake keepers/ milkers as opposed to these yo-yos.
DKM MD (14 days ago)
We talk about human freedom and what about the freedom of thease helpless animals humans are the most devil in the world
Thomopolus Rex (16 days ago)
Kill em all
Frijoles (22 days ago)
At least put on some gloves
Kason Lowrance (1 month ago)
For all the people saying o poor snake you won't be thinking that stuff when that poor snake saves your ass
GT Lees (1 month ago)
Those folks do a very important service and there's no damn way I could do it. I won't touch a frickin' grass snake heh, heh. I've gotta wonder, though, why do these handlers we see never wear protective gear of any kind; not bite proof gloves, not glasses or shields, I'm very curious about that. ...................................PEACE!!
#Cool Boy (1 month ago)
oh shit o shit o shit
The Alabama Savant (1 month ago)
They need to come on down to the annual Rattlesnake Rodeo in Opp, Alabama!
Wabbit N Red (1 month ago)
THATS A HORRIBLE PLACE TO HOUSE YOUR SNAKES... IN A PLASTIC PAN WITH NO LIGHT NO COMPANY, NOTHING THATS A SHITTY THING TO DO! REMEMBER. KARMA!!
Deilos 82 (1 month ago)
2:43
alejandra montiel (1 month ago)
Alguien sabe para que se mojo los pies en jabón?
John Rambo (2 months ago)
Pretty cool that they live in climate controlled environments, dont have to hunt for food or risk starvation. All they have to do is give up a little Snake Juice. Oh and they dont have to worry about a Bald Eagle snatching them up or a coyote biting their heads off. Jeez people. Quit crying about them living "rough" in climate controlled tupperware. I promise they dont mind.
John Rambo (2 months ago)
1:15 ehh duuuuhh LMAO
lytken (2 months ago)
poor animal
Assd K (2 months ago)
Hello, Gentlemen we are Seller of black Scorpion venom, we have large quantity of Venom, we are searching Buyers but no found any buyer, if any buyer want to purchase plz contact us, thanks
Jared Upton (2 months ago)
you should have to catch them in the wild milk them and let them go they should never be kept in bins like that we need the Venom but we don't need the snake anything worth having isn't easy
AKRYLIKXXX (2 months ago)
See guys we like to open the box then pick them up and flip them to just really piss them the fuck off. Then we close the drawer back and go to the next one
0 error job
Richard Lahan (3 months ago)
It is necessary to milk these captive snakes in order to have a reliable supply of antivenom for snakebite victims.
mike Williams (3 months ago)
I keep my snake zipped up in my pants should i feel srry for it?
Nico Munteanu (3 months ago)
You are interested in buying viper venom?
Human above all (3 months ago)
Girls like snakes, obvious the reason.
c square d (3 months ago)
poor snakes
Paiiin In The Butt (3 months ago)
Very cool
Curtis Sullivan (3 months ago)
wow the French can do something besides building a statue,  I'm impressed.
Junior Junior (3 months ago)
1:15 😂😂😂
Biswajit Biswas (3 months ago)
Looks like fruite juices
M (3 months ago)
Snakes (such as the lachesis muta seen in this video) are very sensitive to stressful environments and don't live long when they are in captivity. Every single animal will always feel better and thrive in its natural environment (or at least in a better set up). Streching, moving is also important for their wellbeing. This is outright exploitation just for a profit.
REBEL (4 months ago)
These folks are making a fortune. But I thank them for every drop of antivenom they make. I love these guys.
Hakim Zeynulov (4 months ago)
Live all animals alone and don't touch them if they help than you should take them than pot them right back
Hakim Zeynulov (4 months ago)
Why,are you doing this to the poor snakes 😠😠😠😠😠
Gavin Acuna (4 months ago)
Venom is meant for when the snake needs to hunt not she the snake lives in a bin for the rest of its life
Gavin Acuna (4 months ago)
The snakes use the amount of venom they think Is necessary for their prey which is why you get so low amounts
Gavin Acuna (4 months ago)
Why is he squeezing the snake to extract more venom
GT Lees (1 month ago)
Uh-huh, ya kinda answered your own question in the same sentence there Gavin Acuna.
Matthew Smith (3 months ago)
Gavin Acuna to get more venom
Juguz Jota Pe (5 months ago)
That's a lot of money. It's time to get some snakes.
Plynx Umbridge (5 months ago)
Why did I unlock this door...?
Jo (5 months ago)
“Keeping them in small spaces is animal cruelty” No you retards, snakes PREFER small/dark spaces because it makes them feel secure!! These snakes are also very well taken care of and venom extraction doesn’t harm them at all. The only thing the may happen is a bit of irritation or annoyance. Snakes are smart, and they realize that biting a cup doesn’t harm them, so they do it for as much as they can to eventually get over it. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
J S (5 months ago)
anti-venom producer?????
GI Forum (5 months ago)
The snake is the devil
Benjamín Gaete (5 months ago)
when he/she made bust your venom glands but he/she keeps saying: harder baby
Mariko Reyes (5 months ago)
imagine if you dropped a snake while milking it
Matthew Smith (3 months ago)
Mariko Reyes dropping it would most likely injure the snake and it would most likely flee rather than attack
Edwin Boy (6 months ago)
2:33 your hear for this!! Theres a long speech from a guy that will bore u
Feyre Archeron (6 months ago)
What sort of life are these poor animals even living? Do you even care about the environment that they are living in? Like seriously I know they are venomous but even venomous animals don’t deserve to be living in that sort of condition. Also I hate how they were trying to squeeze out as much venom as they could get from one snake. Treat the animals better if all they are going to be used for is venom extraction. Common sense. There are other people out there who give these kinds of snakes a good home and a good life. You people just don’t care.
trailtrs1 (1 month ago)
You or a family member gets bit and it will be a whole different story
I think snakes should be wild animals and not in captivity
Egg Fella (4 months ago)
They don't live in those crates, those are temporary holding for the snakes during milking. Each snake would actually live in its own enclosure
Egg Fella (6 months ago)
They don't "squeeze" the venom out. The milking process is entirely voluntary and an instinctual reaction. They may seem to be aggressively holding the snake, but the holding is more firm than anything. The process in no way harms or endangers the snake. The snakes don't live in those crates either. Those are temporary holdings for the snakes that are about to be milked. Not to mention snakes enjoy dark warmed enclosed spaces. The venom will help produce millions of dollars worth of anti venom that will save hundreds of thousands of lives
NIKHIL HIREMATH (7 months ago)
What is the cost of king cobra 100gm venom
Chief Awatt (7 months ago)
K
Chris Goetz (7 months ago)
Venomous or not if I see a snake I run the other way !
OwenHollier Vlogs (7 months ago)
I feel sorry for the snake
Victor Rios (1 month ago)
Chameleons are awesome123987654 yes theyre beautiful animal, and the proper name for them is serpents and not snakes so ure wrong there
Patricie Bariova (5 months ago)
OwenHollier Vlogs cuen
Malcolm Roberts I'd take back your words if I were you, perhaps you would like that feeling, snakes are beautiful animals, and there not called serpents
I'm with u
Malcolm Roberts (6 months ago)
Serpents are monsters and deserve nothing but pain.
Andy Gullion (7 months ago)
Snakes don't care where they live , and these snakes save human lives . Snakes kill more humans than any animal , except mosquitoes (malaria). Men, women , and children need anti venom .
GT Lees (1 month ago)
Andy Gullion, I guess some people don't see the value of a human life only the lives of every other species on the planet. Some of them were goin' on about the amount of money that's made per gram. I would like to know how much yield there is from each snake on average. Then consider the facility that has to be paid for, lights kept on and all of that, now think about how much those handlers should earn for the incredibly dangerous job they do every day and last but not least, how about some profit for the guy who answers for every liability involved. Or is it wrong for a business owner, vital service provider and risk taker to earn a little bit? OK...rant over...I'll let myself out. .................................PEACE!!
trailtrs1 (1 month ago)
Andy Gullion well said.
Fortnite Player (7 months ago)
Drew I hate snakes
Loria Donahew , make a change
PS PASA (7 months ago)
Hi guys can i get a new subscriber for my channel please
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King Daniel (7 months ago)
I think, if they are more aggressive, they will produce more venom...
Daniela Paredes (8 months ago)
Why did he put soap in his shoes before going in?
In order for the snake to not get an infection. I guess they’ve also washed their hands before handling those snakes
Do Bo (8 months ago)
No gloves? You work in a lab and professional settings but you dont even wear gloves when dealing with venom
CyanCyborg (2 months ago)
The venom can't seep through your skin, there has to be an open cut.
Do Bo (6 months ago)
im not talking about handling snakes. iim talking about when dealing with the venom. like at 5:00
Paper Please (6 months ago)
its better to handle snakes bare handed since you get more grip and control
Chriszlaststand (8 months ago)
Should be subsidized by government to keep the cost down. Insects like scorpion populations can breed in large numbers. How do these places crumbs up business? If they are milking venomous animals & insects for profit yet claim to be Lifesavers who knows what they are capable. Some are well intended others profit driven.
Alex Rodriguez (8 months ago)
Making drugs out of this venom
Alex Rodriguez (6 months ago)
Drugs as in pain killers
Egg Fella (6 months ago)
Do you mean drugs as in anti venom, or drugs as in Narcotics?
Stephen Lavoie (9 months ago)
That guys talks funny, is he a retard or something
samozafudbal cudaginem (9 months ago)
For people who talk about animal who can kill us Fuck you and your point off view These animals are beautiful and they don't think like you They will kill you and your children Animal cruelty is nature off animals They will kill you It is not cruelty to try to prevent Animal attack They are animals and i wish your family member or child get bit for no good reason by snake or other dangerous animal I want you to see how much animal cruelty you will talk about
Skywalker 47 (9 months ago)
uncle montgomery
Don'ttreadonme Molonlabe (9 months ago)
Damn Cocaine is $100 a gram, snake venom is the way to go for sure !!
Jessica Overdijk (9 months ago)
It saddens me so much to see in what conditions these magnificent snakes are being kept. Surely as the biggest venom producer in the world that earns between €10.000 - €30.000 per grams of venom you can afford proper tanks so why keep them in plastic boxes 24/7? Oh right, because it's all about earning big cash on extracting venom and not wanting to lose on providing the snakes with proper enclosures. Tbh I see no difference between letting snakes live out their lives in tiny plastic boxes and holding chickens in tiny cages for mass egg production not to mention the stress these snakes are under making them link humans to venom milking only :(
Thành Rex (17 days ago)
It's fucking survival. Everything is selfish, even human. Will you let yourself die not using antivenom? Because alot of snakes were killed for your antivenom
Judas de Verrader (2 months ago)
Malcolm Roberts why monsters you pussy
Judas de Verrader (2 months ago)
Lol comparing snakes with chickens, totally different animals. Right now at this moment I keep decent sized snakes (2) in a big enclosure and all they do is laying in the corner or their hiding spot...snakes are made for saving energy, waiting in small spaces till prey will walk by.
Heather coo¿ (2 months ago)
Jim Dingemanse they didn't have water. Can they get ANY light on these people bins? If not how sad they get pulled out 2 times a week. Once for milking and once for feeding and their blinded when bin is open.. 😞
David Franks (3 months ago)
Snakes don't like glass boxes, this are for people's viewing pleasure. Most snakes like dark private enclosures. Idiots always complain about shit they have no idea about.
Manasranjan Sahu (9 months ago)
dear friends ask someone whom is beaten by snake.u are telling about care of snake
Napoleon Amin (9 months ago)
stupid mothafuckas
Napoleon Amin (9 months ago)
fucking idiot's
Ammar Akbar (10 months ago)
I really want to know what will happen to human body if swallowing snakes venom
Mohit Morris (16 days ago)
nothing. The venom has to enter the blood stream directly for it to work. If a person drinking venom has a cut in the mouth or a bleeding ulcer in digestive tract only then the venom would work (at least that is the theory).
GT Lees (1 month ago)
His Supreme Clarkson-ness, I think I can actually remember seeing something about that in some documentary. Seems nutty though.
GT Lees people have done it. Multiple times, they make drinks out of that shit in SE Asia. Search YouTube for it if you like.
GT Lees (1 month ago)
OK, so who's first to test this?
Ammar Akbar most snake venom is complex protein, which gets broken down by your digestive system in the same way as most other protein. Unless you have an ulcer, you'll be fine. No effect at all.
Goofy Girl (10 months ago)
But my friend would probably do that job
Goofy Girl (10 months ago)
I've seen one in person and it almost got my dad and my grandma
Kev Dawg (10 months ago)
This is so sad 😞 give those creatures a better living space
Abhishek Sammy (20 hours ago)
Absolutely true .....they just rape snakes everyday .... Cruel people
Jean francisco (6 months ago)
Put it in your house
Egg Fella (6 months ago)
Snakes enjoy warm, dark enclosed spaces. And the snakes don't live in those drawers (who tf keeps venomous snakes in an open drawer) they're only there to be held in preparation for being milked. They don't live in those drawers.
Paper Please (6 months ago)
Kev Dawg because hes not a stupid fucking dumbass like you?
Peter Tannas (7 months ago)
It’s not like they don’t study the living habits of snakes. They know what they like and don’t like in the wild. Plus I’d rather have snakes in these bins if it means saving lives
Garcia Dani (10 months ago)
how many doors do they fucking have
K RDP (4 months ago)
Garcia Dani this comment made me laugh
Jesus Caine (10 months ago)
Id be pretty pissed off too if i had to crawl on my stomach my entire life.id bite everything
manolo manolodlospavos (11 months ago)
cool job ,what are them workers earn a month?¿?¿?¿
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SK Greenerr (10 months ago)
Agro Afrique wtf
Abdullah Abdinur (11 months ago)
Oh dangerous job I won't do anything like that.
Che Garcia (11 months ago)
barbie
Pogo Rom (11 months ago)
cool sa parle francais
Integral Existence (11 months ago)
Pahrump Nevada integralexistence@gmail.com done right done humanely
Sir William (1 year ago)
That would be the last job i would want!
abdo sayiko (1 year ago)
I have several hundred scorpions, some of them black and most of them are yellow, but I do not know how or to whom I sell, so I do not want to start collecting useless poison If you know any information about who buys poison, can you tell me
UnholyUndies (17 days ago)
good luck with that more times then not doing privately wont make you rich you have to have a clean facility equipment i highly recommend you watch the venom diaries very informative documentary
Buster Keaton (6 months ago)
Your first step would be to realize that scorpions don't produce poison.
Platypus Paws (1 year ago)
abdo sayiko Perhaps a good idea would be to ask the hospitals who supplies them with anti-venom, and then ask them who to ask or how to supply those producers with the raw product. Or ask the Zoology or medical dept at a university. I googled "anti-venom supplies" and found plenty of stuff.
Blooming Accents (1 year ago)
Its wrong to keep those animals in small drawers like that. You should be ashamed. That is animal cruelty .
maverickdallas100 (17 days ago)
If I, God forbid, ever get bitten by a venomous snake...get me the antivenom...PRONTO! I don't care how you get it or make it, just get it to me right f*cking NOW! And if you still value these snakes' lives over mine, it just goes to show what kind of a lefty, loony @$$hole you really are!!!
UnholyUndies (2 months ago)
shut the fuck up they are providing something usefull. Probably get fed well too.
David De La Cruz (2 months ago)
the snake ain't complaining lol
David Franks (3 months ago)
Obviously you do not know a thing about snakes, & also don't want anti venom produced
Sándor Gombai (3 months ago)
Noureldine Celery Yes, stress is true... however in nature more or less everything means stress to anything else. We can say nature plays animal cruelty, too - or we can say there are interest vectors and force vectors in nature and the resultant vector is harsh -- and we have our own interests and forces as well.
Drew Crawford (1 year ago)
Your video description is not accurate. That's certainly not a puff adder in the first shot.
Drew Crawford (1 year ago)
That's terrible the snakes live in these bins and get there venom extracted every 10days or so. It's very stressful for the animal.
Thành Rex (17 days ago)
There are no right or wrong in this. We torture them to get antivenom to fight their own kind
that one guy Andrew (23 days ago)
Drew Crawford go get bit then come back and say that
John Rambo (2 months ago)
Drew Crawford Bet if your mom was bit by a Cobra you wouldnt mind so much that had they not needed them for Venom they wouldnt have been bred for this specific purpose
Ryan Burton (2 months ago)
Drew Crawford snakes are very intelligent. After the first two killings they won’t have any stress,knowing that the cup doesn’t hurt them.
Tropical Deer (3 months ago)
is it bad I agree?
هل تعلم؟! (1 year ago)
i have 100 grams of scorpion venom for sale
Jason Robinson (2 months ago)
how much?
TheFallofTheEleventh (1 year ago)
3:40 Dis guy looking at the venom like it's fucking Tropicana
Seb (1 year ago)
3:40 ''hmmm'' *gulp down
S Mohammed (1 year ago)
dangerous work, but I love the guy
gercolt (1 year ago)
with that sort off money you could at least give them a bit better environment for these beautifully creatures ...
carlo serrano (26 days ago)
gercolt Pi
Zachary Angeles (28 days ago)
Dumbass
trailtrs1 (1 month ago)
A habitat case is for our pleasure. Anyone who has owned snakes know snakes are fine when you put them in a tray. It is best to engage brain before you engage mouth
roblox Ilovemastiffs (2 months ago)
Malcolm Roberts snakes bite because they get stressed out when people are around in the wild so you're just being mean.
roblox Ilovemastiffs (2 months ago)
Josh V. Actually for how big king cobras get it should be put in a way big enclosure when it's older.
ilove6kies (1 year ago)
I don't know why but the second the venom squirted out I clenched my butt cheeks lol
1-800- I-Am-Awkward (8 months ago)
ilove6kies omg lol same i bit my cheeks as well
B Pino (1 year ago)
You know how many scorpions u have to milk to get a gram? Did you see how little yield that 1 scorpion produced?
daimon hellstrom (1 year ago)
why is this fool squeezing from underneath? Squeeze from above the head. Logically it just doesn't make sense to squeeze from underneath why add risk?
Mussa Aboobakar Rajá (1 year ago)
These guys have balls
GT Lees (1 month ago)
HUGE, MASSIVE balls! Heh, heh.
Lennox1492 (1 year ago)
damn this is capitalism at its finest
Buck Turgidson (3 months ago)
Lennox1492 Damn straight
Filip laskovski (1 year ago)
Damn I wanna start selling venom !! That's a mad amount of money for a gram of it!
Charles Doyle (11 months ago)
Portrait of Sorrow Its venom not poison. Its poisonous if you bite it or eat it and it makes you sick or kills you. Its venomous if it stings or bites you ajd you get sick or die.
Drew Crawford (1 year ago)
Filip laskovski no money in this job
Portrait of Sorrow (1 year ago)
Filip laskovski Dude i said the same as you! Damn!! Im in on that business! Hell, i live in Snake Gator and Spider country! Louisiana Swamps are full of deadly biters! We got insects that would scare most folks to death! Thats enough money to start draining all the poison they can make! Milk there ass like a dairy cow!
Tomas Berner (1 year ago)
theres a good reason for that price.. you cannot milk the snakes every day + the expenses of the equipment and feeding the snakes leaves u with much lower actual gain. And ofc theres a everyday possibility of snake biting you and you dying.
Jasmine Moreno (1 year ago)
GUYS THIS PEACH HAS AA BUTT->🍑 XD
Kai CM (1 year ago)
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Pvt. Groundmiss (2 years ago)
These are some serious danger noodles
Andrew Wang (2 years ago)
That's a lot

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