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RE: Speculation on venom - is it really?

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Posted by: OrangeHeterodon at Wed Aug 28 09:13:44 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by OrangeHeterodon ]  
   

So from that I get out that is that it is an enzyme in the saliva that causes this mild reaction to some, not all, hognose bites? Also I believe that wiki sources will relate venom and toxin because of terms such as hemotoxin and neurotoxin. While these are merely components of the venom and not the actual venom, many people and knowledge bases like to classify instead of saying "a mixture of many different components," in this case being proteins.

Also as for the bites, as I said I "forced" the bite by rubbing their food on my hands to see if I got a reaction from their bites or not. I don't even think a novice could be worked on for enough time, they would either not know better and treat it like it's about to bite, or pull their hand back before the bite. Not to mention if one were deliberately coaxed to bite by scent of food on one's hand, similar to a coral snake, the rear fangs could get one easier if they hit a piece of skin, such as between fingers.

Also curious about this stuff because, currently I am in 2nd year of college and would like to do more studies and work in my future relating to venom, what defines venom, separates it from poison and toxin, making anti-venom etc.


   

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