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Posted by jpenney on March 26, 2003 at 15:03:40:
In Reply to: Venom? posted by cyberfrog on March 18, 2003 at 19:52:46:
I've kept Hognose for several years. I have never had one attempt to bite in self defense. I shot this picture a couple of years ago of a wild caught Mexican Hognose. I still have the snake and my daughter plays with her all the time. I find it hard to classify them as rear fanged. Their "fangs" are positioned in their mouths where chewing would not be needed if one were to want to bite you with them in defense. Their fangs would be in instant contact with you in the case of a bite. Although I think there is some toxicity to their bite, I personally think they use their "fangs" more to hold onto frogs and deflate them. If you've ever watched one eat a large toad, its a real battle for them to hold on. They pretty much eat them live and the toads are (understandably) fighting for their lives kicking and squeaking the whole way down.