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Posted by Trust on August 19, 2002 at 07:42:19:
In Reply to: Re: On par? posted by BGF on August 15, 2002 at 08:42:13:
Thanks for the info.
Yes, I remember your railings against lawmakers who were obviously acting without hard scientific evidence regarding rear fanged species. I can also appreciate the irony of position you know find yourself in by (potentially, until it's actually published) providing the very scientific research that supports these law makers.
Well, we just have to be honest with ourselves and what the science provides. I would hate to hear of a case where some kid bought a mangrove, got bitten, and had a nasty reaction. That's not the kind of surprise you want to spring on kids who are herp enthusiasts, and it just makes the herp trade look bad.
While some proponents of rear fanged species will probably be dissapointed by your reasearch findings, hoping it wasn't as bad as it sounds like it's going to be, what's important is the science provides all people with the ability to make a better informed judgment regarding these species.
BGF, thanks for not reading more into my question about human saliva. It occured to me after I posted it that it might be perceived as an attempt to downplay the danger of colubrid secretions - which was not the case. I really just wanted to know about human saliva. By the way, you were sorely missed at the Daytona herp show this past weekend.