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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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Bacteriological studies of the venom and mouth cavities of wild Malayan pit vipers (Calloselasma rhodostoma) in southern Thailand.
Malabar pit viper bites not seen in other areas of the country were also encountered in this study.
Four days later, another parcel containing seven pit vipers bound for China was intercepted after an X-ray examination.
We present the case of a 32-year-old Romanian woman, with no remarkable medical history, who was injured by her own Crotalinae snake (also known as a pit viper or rattlesnake) on her left forearm.
Antivenom is the only proven treatment against pit viper envenomation, and the earlier it's administered, the more effective its action will be.
Following a bite by a pit viper, a 45-year-old man developed renal impairment.
It can also share this intelligence with all other rigs in the SmartROC family as well as with drills in the Atlas Copco Pit Viper series.
Experts have also identified the spotted wren-babbler bird, a blue-eyed frog, a lance-headed pit viper snake with yellow, red and orange colourings and 133 plants.
It head-butts toxins 25 times as powerful as typical pit viper venom, a phenomenon luckily not discovered by handling.
Atlas Copco has also had its eye on the equipment front over the last couple of years, introducing both the DM-M3 and the Pit Viper 311.
Yes, it was a 4-foot long cottonmouth, North America's only aquatic venomous pit viper. Afterward, cool and calm, she told reporters it was the first time she'd seen up close how a viper's fangs fold and unfold for attack.
Delma was bitten by an Asian pit viper, a poisonous snake responsible for numerous deaths across the continent each year, and since there was no anti-venom available in Nepal, she had no option but to fly back home despite being in a very delicate state.