To make antivenom, we would need to milk the venom first. The snake must be quarantined and monitored for weeks to months to ensure their good health.
Antibodies in the horse's bloodstream peak after about eight to 10 weeks. By then, the horse will be bled, which involves drawing 3 to 6 liters of blood from the jugular vein. The blood will be purified to separate the antivenom.
|Effect of snake bite. Image: rogerknapp.com|