Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Poisoned arrow

Poisoned arrows and some of the products used were the forerunners of chemical immobilization drugs that have become essential for managing the health and well being of wild animals, both in captivity and in the free-ranging state.

Most ingredients in arrow poisoning were floral in nature, but many societies incorporated insects and animals or animal products, such as scorpions, poisonous ants, spiders, caterpillars, snake venom and decayed animal organs.

In native countries the selection of plants to be used was dictated by custom and the species available locally.

Plant poisons exercise their toxic effects through the action of alkaloids, acids, glycosides and resins but the poisons derived from animal products generally induce gas gangrene, tetanus, and severe infection because of the presence of those spores in decaying animal matter.

The arrows used were about three feet in length, and supplied with an iron head two inches long. Poisoned arrows are made very differently from the arrow ordinarily used.
Poisoned arrow
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