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Taipan, the most dangerous snake in the world

A film by Virginie Guiton-Agneray

Countless poisonous animals such as snakes and spiders cavort in the vastness of the Australian outback - many of them are among the most poisonous animals of all. Like the Taipan. It is considered the most dangerous snake in the world: the amount of poison from a single bite could kill up to a hundred people. On the other hand, the poison can save lives when used as a drug. And if there is anyone who dares to catch this extremely dangerous animal. Professor Bryan Grieg Fry is one of the few who have taken on this life-threatening task. For his research, he travels the country for months to catch Taipane.

Snake is what his friends call him - 18-year-old Ryan Cole will probably keep this name forever. He is one of the few who survived a taipan bite. The fact that there is an antidote to the bite of this dangerous snake is thanks to men like Bryan Fry, who have made it their business to collect and examine the poison. The professor from Melbourne regularly roams the Australian outback to catch the shy but also agile reptiles. Despite the presence of antiserum, a bite could have devastating consequences. The poison of the taipan is many times stronger than that of a cobra. It is no wonder that many Australians have blood in their veins when they see this snake. Especially when the taipan, like many other snakes, visits human settlements during the rainy season. A profitable business for the snake catcher Kristopher Foster. He travels up to five times a day to fetch stray taipans, brown snakes or even harmless carpet pythons from apartments. What drives people like Foster or Fry to voluntarily expose themselves to such danger? Bryan Fry has already lost three of his friends to snake bites and suffered the excruciating effects of being bitten by a poisonous water snake for nine months himself. Nevertheless, he has developed a passion for these animals and made it his job to hunt them. As a biologist and chemist, he is on the trail of the positive properties of snake venom. In isolation, its components can be used to treat the severely injured. You can rebuild damaged nerves and fight heart problems. Does this benefit outweigh the danger Bryan exposes himself on a daily basis? With Bryan's help, will the Taipan, this dreaded killer, become the life-saving farm animal of medical research in the future?

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