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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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Gram for gram, the frog venom is almost twice as potent as typical venom of the feared Bothrops pit vipers, Jared, Edmund Brodie Jr.
21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pit Viper has launched a crowd-funding project to enable the future or their radical, military grade sunglasses.
Based on the history, presentation, and initial findings, it was determined the MWD had been struck by a venomous pit viper.
If a victim is biten by the pit viper, they will bleed from every pore in their skin before dying.
Before the mine even received shipments of their new Atlas Copco Pit Viper 271 blasthole drill rigs, operators began to learn on them.
Deinagkistrodon acutus, formerly Agkistrodon acutus, is a venomous pit viper found in Southeast Asia and known by many names: the Chinese moccasin, the sharp-nosed viper, the snorkel viper and the "hundred-pace viper" ("hundred-pacer").
The western cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma, is an iteroparous pit viper that inhabits a wide variety of habitats (Gloyd and Conant, 1990; Werler and Dixon, 2000).
After the couple were arrested, police went on to raid their home in Walthamstow, east London, where they found two more tortoises and an Asian pit viper.
The only person he frequents outside of that circle is "the Kermeur boy," a saturnine youth with the ethics of a pit viper, who comes to serve as Louis's evil genius.
Curiously there is a species of rattlesnake, the Mojave Rattlesnake, a pit viper found in Arizona and parts of California, with a venom that contains a special toxin named Type-A Mojave Toxin.
Other amazing finds include a pink cyanide-producing dragon millipede and a green pit viper.