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Off the cuff. Yes, I would think so.
Firstly, some venoms have more than one impact on the body. Some snakes are even classified in more than one venom classification. As such some organisms may be more susceptible to one effect than another.
Secondly, venom may have different effects on different organisms depending on their physiology.
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Snake venom is essentially a specialised salivary excretion and the active component consists mainly of proteins and peptides. Every species of venomous snake usually carries several different active proteins in its venom, the principal effect of the venom may depend as much on the size and sensitivity of the victim as it does on the composition of the venom.
Thus the overriding symptom of Black Mamba envenomation in humans is neurotoxic, but the same venom may also have a pronounced cytotoxic effect on a Mamba's rodent prey.
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