at Fri Mar 25 01:56:24 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by eunectes4 ]
I will answer anyway and I really hope to avoid seeing a long line of posts just because someone decided to try and ruffle a few feathers in here. Removing fangs will ultimately kill the snake. Not an option. Removing venom glands, while somewhat safer than a fang removal would be, is still not a respectable practice. There are many risks involved and the snake can easily be harmed or killed. Some people may disagree and state if the procedure is done correctly there will be minimal effects. I chose to not care to be honest. The reasons anyone can come up with for a venomoid surgery cannot warrant potential risk to the animal in any way in my opinion. I will also mention that people who are not fully prepared to handle the risks and do not have the facility or the means to care for a venomous snake, and are willing to shortcut their way into keeping them, do not have the necessary respect for the animal or the maturity to deal with the situations they will put you in. Despite what some people may say, you still run high risks if you were bitten by a snake which has supposedly had its venom glands and/or ducts removed. It is very hard for anyone to argue that many vipers are extremely beautiful. Pictures of them are beautiful and they are beautiful in a zoo or other wildlife facility. Space ships, vampire slayers, dinosaur bones, and rainbows are beautiful but since I do not have the means or ability to acquire them, I must admire them in another fashion. Get the hint? And since this topic always seems to come about and make for a long list of time wasted, we can expect to see some more opinions both in support and against some things I have to say here. Enjoy the ride.
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