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Where do snakes get their venom?

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 11:31pm, 11th Feb 2018. | Views: 34 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
11:31pm, 11th Feb 2018.


They don't collect venom, they produce it, the same way you produce tears and saliva. They store it in glands that has a muscle attached to it, and they express venom into their fangs when they strike.



When they use venom to kill prey they use up a little or a lot of their venom (depending on the species, age, and other factors), and then it takes time and the right foods for their bodies to produce more venom to fill the venom glands.



Ryan Mattes

Kept and bred snakes for many years.

They don't collect venom, they produce it, the same way you produce tears and saliva. They store it in glands that has a muscle attached to it, and they express venom into their fangs when they strike.



When they use venom to kill prey they use up a little or a lot of their venom (depending on the species, age, and other factors), and then it takes time and the right foods for their bodies to produce more venom to fill the venom glands.



Daniel Spector

Phd, microbiology, current high school teacher

Snake venom is modified saliva. Many of the toxins are specific proteins that the snakes evolved.

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