Living With Venomous Reptiles

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by reptilist » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:00 pm

Probably the krait. The krait's venom is more potent than the king's... Although the king carries more of it.
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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by Guz » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:02 pm

Rep, have you ever been bitten?

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Post by reptilist » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:52 pm

Not bitten by anything hot. I use tools to manipulate the snakes and never take shortcuts. I never grab them behind the neck either, because that is a good way to be bitten.... The idea is to keep one's fingers as far away from the fangs as possible. The tools of the trade are a snake hook, tongs and tubes.

This is a sidewinder safely held in a tube:
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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by SwiftDream » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:44 am

How did you talk that sidewinder into that tube! :o

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Post by reptilist » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:15 am

When I put the end of the tube in front of a snake's head, their natural instinct is to think of it as a safe place... Like a rodent burrow. Once they go in more than a few inches I grab them at the end of the tube and hold them inside there. Of course the tube must be tight enough to preclude the animal turning back around.

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Post by silent hunter » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:12 am

Here is a friend that was trying to tell me that it would be better to change directions!! Image

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by silent hunter » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:14 am

Another photo of this snake. What kinda snake do we hImageave here Rep?

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by reptilist » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:27 am

If that snake lives in Arizona then it's a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by azatrox » Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Yes, definitely C. atrox (Western Diamondback). Good lookin' critter too.

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