- Aug 26, 2007
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- San Antonio Texas
- Political Leaning
Know a guy that works with antivenom researchers at the SouthWest Research Center. He get's first dibs on venomous snakes I catch.
Lived in Texas most of my life and have only seen one. A friend caught him near Austin.
They seem to love this area. But with all the recent, and quite unwelcome urban development lots of critters are moving. There are 3 housing developments and one of the largest north american server farms going in with 1 mile of my apartment. 2 years ago we had a 20 min drive on average to get to a gas station.
Like all elapid snakes, coral snakes possess a pair of small hollow fangs to deliver their venom. The fangs are positioned at the front of the mouth.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] The fangs are fixed in position rather than retractable, and rather than being directly connected to the venom duct, they have a small groove through which the venom enters the base of the fangs.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] Because the fangs are relatively small and inefficient for venom delivery, rather than biting quickly and letting go (like vipers), coral snakes tend to hold onto their prey and make chewing motions when biting.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] The venom takes time to take full effect.[SUP][/SUP]
Coral snakes are not aggressive or prone to biting and account for less than one percent of the number of snake bites each year in the United States.The life span of coral snakes in captivity is about 7 years.[SUP][/SUP]
We're north of Austin...feel your pain.
All this rain is causing issues for the wildlife. i.e. gators in the Guadalupe.