Photographs by Mattias Klum via National Geographic
Venom from snakes like the Jameson’s mamba, seen here in Cameroon, may soon combat heart disease.
The hollow fangs of the Jameson’s mamba deliver toxins that can lead to respiratory paralysis—and a person’s death within hours.
Snakes, snake eggs, and lizards infuse rice wine in bottles at a restaurant in Le Mat Village. Locals say that drinking these concoctions eases pain, keeps organs healthy, and boosts virility.