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RE: Venomous snakes of N. America

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Posted by: CKing at Fri May 16 17:05:44 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by CKing ]  
   

>>I failed to mention that I was just looking for the more severe venomous snakes. However as you mentioned, their are many other mildly venomous, rear fanged snakes like the Hoggnose, racers, and what I think ive been hearing, the corn snakes. As you know rear fanged mildly venomous snakes can be equally deadly depending on the reaction of the bite to the person bitten.
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>>Thanks for reminding about the mildly venomous snakes. I totally overlooked them!
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>>JasonMc >>

There is absolutely no evidence to show that the ratsnakes and their descendants (kingsnakes, gopher snakes et al.) are venomous or even toxic. There has been a claim that the common ancestor of all the colubrid snakes was venomous, but that is a real stretch of reason and imagination. Using that particular definition of venom, human saliva can be considered venom and human beings are venomous, which is of course absurd.

Of course the number of venomous species can be exaggerating by the splitters, taxonomists who like to propose new species on the basis of differences that most other taxonomists would consider trivial.


   

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