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RE: Western Hognose Bite 01-10-2013

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Posted by: courtgaverth at Sat Aug 10 15:25:03 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by courtgaverth ]  
   

That bite looks like it really sucked, but I would have to agree with Frank in questioning the fact that you may of have had nothing but a bad reaction to the saliva. There have been many accounts of people having allergic reactions to non venomous snake bites. I have even seen a woman's whole arm swell from a boa bite. Does that mean it was a venomous bite?
I myself have been bitten several times from western hogs with absolutely no reaction at all. One hung on for a couple of minutes giving me two quarter inch slice marks. Does this mean that I received dry bites? No, because there is no venom to inject.
Hognose snakes are not really "rear fanged" nor are they truely "venomous". Their "fangs" are not hollow and they do not inject anything because they don't have any venom glands. They are simply just two big, serrated teeth designed for popping toads. Nothing else.
These terms are harmful to our hognose community. If people keep using them, they are going to do nothing but ban them from our shows, shipping, and eventually our homes.
Be careful what you publish. The people that are responsible for banning animals are close minded and usually ignorant on the policies they try to enforce.
No offence...


   

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