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Posted by: Ryan Shackleton at Thu Aug 16 19:23:15 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ryan Shackleton ]  
   

Some years ago there was a discussion and the possibility of toxicity in saliva of some venomoids(especially certain cobras). Wondering if anyone else remembers the discussion, and if there was ever any actual research done on the question-if I remember right something was mentioned that mice bitten by venomoid cobras were partially paralyzed shortly after the bite and dead within an hour, and rats either seemed to not be affected or had enough body mass to "shrug off" the toxicity-humans bitten by the same snakes had severe headaches and little else.
I was discussing this possibility with someone else the other day, and was wondering if anything was ever discovered or verified whether it was toxicity in the saliva itself or if it was a botched surgery where a very small part of the venom gland was left behind. Sorry to bring up the topic, but since it does regard retained toxicity and not opinions on the issue(I don't like the surgery either) I figured the question was more at home here.


   

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