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Posted by WW on March 21, 2003 at 03:02:41:
In Reply to: Garder Snakes (venom) ?C posted by CAL on March 20, 2003 at 07:29:02:
Like most colubrids, Thamnophis have a Duvernoy's gland that produces a toxic secretion (no, it's not just toxic saliva). Documented symptomatic bites in humans have resulted in swelling and pain. This was usually as a result of prolonged feeding bites. Headaches have been documented after other colubrid bites (eg Boiga dendrophila). In the case of garter snakes, headaches and nausea in the absence of swelling and pain would suggest that it might not be a result of envenomation - could just about anything from dehydration to some flu-like bug. Of course, there is no way of being sure.