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Posted by WW on November 16, 2002 at 09:58:25:
In Reply to: Philodryas baroni posted by ecarinata on November 16, 2002 at 09:18:54:
:I recently acquired a male Philodryas baroni. I was told that he ws NOT rear fanged and pretty docile. So far he has been great. I've handled him twice and he acts almost like a cornsnake. A voracious mouse eater to the point that he is chasing a second mouse while he still has the first hanging out of his mouth. He seems to kill by VERY powerful constriction but today I thought I saw a flash of and VERY large rear fang. Mattison's Encyclopedia doesn't mention fangs. Can someone here give me a tutorial on what I have here?
Well.... whoever sold it to you is either dangerously ignorant or a dangerous crook. Philodryas is very well known for being rear-fanged, and Philodryas olfersii is the only South American colubrid to have caused a human fatality. No such serious P. baroni bites have been reported, but I would certainly try to avoid a bite.
On average, a bite by a Philodryas is likely to give you a massively swollen arm or hand which will keep your attention for a few days. However, it's not the sort of thing to let kids play with.