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Posted by WW on November 13, 2002 at 03:19:51:
In Reply to: Re: No myth here. More>>> posted by Chance on November 12, 2002 at 09:22:01:
: Even with my boomers I wear a thick coat and heavy workman's leather gloves.
That phrase suggests that you profoundly underestimate the potential of Dispholidus. Make no mistake, they can kill you, and they don't have to chew long to do so! Forget the label that says "colubrid". These are large, fast-moving, highly venomous snakes, often lethally so, and they need to be treated with the same respect you would accord to an elapid of the same size and agility - can you say mamba?
The difference is that Dispholius antivenom is hard to come by, and in its absence, the medics in your local ER can do a lot less about the blood pouring out of your knackered capillaries into your every vital organ than they could do about respiratory failure from a coral snake or mamba neurotoxin.
DON'T underestimate these snakes. Don't get me wrong, I am not judging your abilities, you may well be a competent and careful handler yourself, but the way in which you discuss boomslangs gives the idea that these are just some second-rate hot. They are most emphatically NOT!