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Posted by Trust on August 15, 2002 at 07:41:51:
In Reply to: Re: sneak peak posted by BGF on August 14, 2002 at 09:04:26:
I'm concerned when you say "on par." I can certainly accept that the venom, drop for drop, or millidrop as the case may be, is as potent, but will there be any indication as to the mean volume delivered in a typical bite? I know it's very easy to speak of such things, and terribly difficult to measure under controlled circumstances.
I know there is a paper comparing hydrodynastes oral secretion to certain crotalid venom. I've also had hydrodynastes breeders tell me they've been bitten several times with no ill effects. Of course, there are a dozen factors (at least!) that figure into a snake bite besides just the toxicity of the venom.
As for the legislative storm, since when have lawmakers ever been interested in legitimate science? ;-)
By the way, has human saliva ever been subjected to the same sort of testing snake venom has?