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Posted by cf on November 20, 2002 at 23:23:37:
In Reply to: Re: Opinions vary posted by BGF on November 17, 2002 at 19:14:07:
Can you give me any detailed info on the potential for a toxic bite, and the degree of ill effect it could have? Would they fit into a category along with the American Hognose snakes that are supposed to be rear fanged (which they are), but have no real venom? It is beleived that they either have a slightly toxic bacteria, or a release of toxic saliva. Do the Mangroves actually have slotted fangs and injectible venom?
The info out there is pretty slim, so your assistance is greatly appreciated.
:I wouldn't considere mangroves to generally be a dangerous snake. That said, I don't think they belong in pet stores since the potential (albeit very small) chance of a toxic bite makes them a bit more of a specialist snake. That said, for legislative purposes they should not be considered venomous. There is a rather large difference between the technical definition of venomous and the practical definition.