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Re: Just wondering where this myth came from....


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Posted by snakeguy88 on November 11, 2002 at 21:31:45:

In Reply to: Just wondering where this myth came from.... posted by Chance on November 11, 2002 at 19:58:46:

The rumor, as I am under the impression, comes from the idea that these snakes rarely envenomate when they bite. People tend to think they have to chew their way in, much as a rearfang snake would do. I have heard of corals that have produced venom on the first tag though, and a good amount as well. Also the relative small size of the odontid projections leads many people to think...well they must be rearfanged. Any self respecting person should realize they are elapids, yet many seem to think of them almost as colubrids such as a boomslang or twigsnake. I guess another misleading aspect could be their relatively docile demeanor in which they conduct themselves. The coral I found a while back was almost dead calm, not attempting to bite once. I only tailed it, keeping its head away with a hook, but not once did it show any aggression as many an Agkistrodon has. Andy


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