at Wed May 18 07:14:24 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by prevetherper ]
Ultimatly you should ask a Veterinarian knowlegable of venomoid surgery. Once removed completely removed, I do not believe that such tissue will grow back due to the fact that not all reptillian tissues are regenerative. I would imagine the same would apply to partial removal, although I am unsure. It may be possible for the existing venom gland tissue to triggor a cascade of cell proliferation and differentiation in the local surrounding tissue, in such a case partial regeneration would be possible but again check with someone knowlegable in this fieldf of surgery. I would say that I wet bite would still be possible if some of the venom gland tissue remains because the specialized cells which contain the active genes responcible for toxin production would still remain. As suggested by the work of Dr. Bryan G. Fry, these tissues originated from a variety of body tissues, from all parets of the body, and therefor I cannot say for certain that all of the toxin producing tissues are located in the venom gland alone. Venomoid surgery is terrable thing for these magnificent animals. These snakes should not be kept as pets and should only be kept by individuals with extensive training and for research purposes. In such a case you would not even be considering venomoid's. This proceedure is extremely stressful for the snake and could result in severe infection if done improperly! The venom glands are there for a reason! Leave them there! Get yourself a snake that wont kill you if a mistake is make! I hope this helps.
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- RE: venom duct removall question - prevetherper, Wed May 18 07:14:24 2005