at Thu Jan 8 16:06:29 2004 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rayhoser ]
Defamnging won't work as the snake will regrow them.
Removing venom glands surgically (not a major procedure, but one that requires skill and experience and the standard medical gear like sutures, etc) is the only way to permenantly disable venom properties in a snake and it's success is never 100% certain, but can be tested for periodically.
There's lots of written accounts of "how to" in the literature.
The result is so-called venomoid snakes and notwithstanding the pain of incisions, wounds and healing, the snakes recvover OK if the operation is done OK and no complications arise.
Is it ethical?
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