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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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A retrospective analysis showed that these bites were due to a snake called Malabar pit viper which is indigenous to this region and the antivenin doesn't have any activity against this type of snake bites.
Four days later, another parcel containing seven pit vipers bound for China was intercepted after an X-ray examination.
Antivenom is the only proven treatment against pit viper envenomation, and the earlier it's administered, the more effective its action will be.
Gram for gram, the frog venom is almost twice as potent as typical venom of the feared Bothrops pit vipers, Jared, Edmund Brodie Jr.
in a single pass and add greater productivity for operations is Atlas Copco's Pit Viper 311.
The owner also reported that she had killed a snake that appeared to be a pit viper (Bothrops species) near the bird.
During routine training in a wooded area on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, on December 5, 2011, military working dog (MWD) Dingo M063 was bitten by a pit viper on the left front limb.
Under this order, worth approximately USD20m, Minera Panama is buying a package of a total nine machines from Atlas Copco including Pit Viper rotary blast hole drill rigs, Flexi-Roc surface drill rigs, related services and simulator training, with most of equipment being delivered in 2014 and 2015.
A new bat named after its devilish appearance, a frog that sings like a bird and a ruby-eyed pit viper are among the 126 species newly identified by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2011.
Zeng Xianguo decided to capture the pit viper before it bit any of his patients.
Patient with purely extraocular manifestations from a pit viper snakebite (Agkistrodon halys brevicaudus).
Rom lived up to his heroic image and brought a Pit Viper," said Naidu.