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Posted by Gernot Vogel on October 15, 2002 at 12:45:57:
In Reply to: Re: Dendrelaphis & Stegonotus info (BGF?) *pics* posted by BGF on October 13, 2002 at 07:59:13:
I posted these on the basis of literature for Stegonotus. I just checked O´Shea 1996. He considered these snakes as non-venomous. So please contact him.
I’m more in the genus Dendrelaphis myself, as I published two articles on this genus. I could cite a lot of references saying these snakes are aglyph, meaning not rear-fanged. Boulenger showed a drawing of the teeth in his Catalogue, I counted the teeth for my publication in 1999. I never heard of a case of envenoming by this genus and surely nobody was seriously injured by them.
I just tried to help some people with there questions. I did not know, that I´m bothering someone with this. Do you think the people will be careful with a Rhabdophis or Thelotornis, if you tell them, every snake is poisonous?
Could you please post me your name?
::Hello, Dendrelaphis and Stegonotus are no rear fanged snakes and not poisonous.
:And you are basing this upon what observations? When was the last time you popped open one of their mouths and had a look? When was the last time you milked a colubrid?
:Both are definately rearfanged in that both possess duvernoy's glands and Stegnotus has quite well developed teeth on top of that.