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Posted by GaboonKeeper on January 25, 2003 at 10:54:42:
In Reply to: would desert horned adders qualify as 'less venomous?' posted by meretseger on January 25, 2003 at 04:02:51:
Chances are you will not die from a bite from cerestes..... They do have a strong venom but the yeild is small..... Now I am going by LD50 here..... I am no expert in venom potency but I can tell you what I have read in the past..... I will compare the gaboon viper to the desert horned viper to answer you question...... Basicly the LD50 is how much venom it takes to kill 500g of living mass..... The gaboon viper has an LD50 of around 12mg/kg and has a huge venom yield of between 400 and 600mg/kg..... Whereas the desert horned viper has an LD50 of around 15mg/kg and has a very small venom yield of 20 to 60mg/kg...... So a gaboon drop for drop has a more dagerous venom..... But drop for drop is not realy impotant here what is, is the venom yield...... Gaboons are more venomous and can deliver much, much more of it..... Making the gaboon viper a much more venomous snake...... What you can do is figue out you body wieght in grams and you will get a basic idea on how venomous a certain snake is to a person your size...... But again this is only data not an actual bite to a human..... Everyone reacts differently...... Also keep in mind that more venomous does not allways mean more dangerous....