New snake: 'Fierce, probably venomous'

New snake: 'Fierce, probably venomous'

There are 170 comments on the KASA-TV Albuquerque story from Jan 11, 2012, titled New snake: 'Fierce, probably venomous'. In it, KASA-TV Albuquerque reports that:

The world's newest snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns.

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Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#1 Jan 11, 2012
Thx but don't need any new ones, got plenty of the old ones left...
snakelady

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jan 11, 2012
The eyes are dull because this snake is ready to shed. That changes the color too.
Al Birta

Huntington, NY

#3 Jan 11, 2012
Did they find this in Edmonton?

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#4 Jan 11, 2012
I read in a science journal some time ago that our plain variety garden snakes may be developing toxic bites. Not venom per se, but a combination of evolution and polution. Even without fangs, the small snakes had seragated ridges on the lips that can break skin and introduce toxic germs/bacteria into the victim.

Good time to discourage young boys from playing with garden snakes.

“I'm not listening.”

Since: Feb 10

Germantown, NY

#5 Jan 11, 2012
off the trail wrote:
I read in a science journal some time ago that our plain variety garden snakes may be developing toxic bites. Not venom per se, but a combination of evolution and polution. Even without fangs, the small snakes had seragated ridges on the lips that can break skin and introduce toxic germs/bacteria into the victim.
Good time to discourage young boys from playing with garden snakes.
Anytime an animal bites there is that possibility. What did it eat last? They don't have toothbrushes..

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#6 Jan 11, 2012
off the trail wrote:
I read in a science journal some time ago that our plain variety garden snakes may be developing toxic bites. Not venom per se, but a combination of evolution and polution. Even without fangs, the small snakes had seragated ridges on the lips that can break skin and introduce toxic germs/bacteria into the victim.
Good time to discourage young boys from playing with garden snakes.
Sounds like a coral snake - they have no fangs.

“New & Improved..”

Since: Oct 07

Formerly From Kenya

#7 Jan 11, 2012
off the trail wrote:
I read in a science journal some time ago that our plain variety garden snakes may be developing toxic bites. Not venom per se, but a combination of evolution and polution. Even without fangs, the small snakes had seragated ridges on the lips that can break skin and introduce toxic germs/bacteria into the victim.
Good time to discourage young boys from playing with garden snakes.
Seems boys have been told not to play with the snake all their life...but it justy(tm) hasn't stopped...lol
Santorums Frothy Bestiary

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jan 11, 2012
Now that Bachmann, Trump, Cain, Perry, Newt and Ex Senator Frothy Lube have had their surges we have the next new candidate emerge....

“I'm not listening.”

Since: Feb 10

Germantown, NY

#9 Jan 11, 2012
dragoon70056 wrote:
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Sounds like a coral snake - they have no fangs.
Yes they do.. I'll find alink.

“I'm not listening.”

Since: Feb 10

Germantown, NY

#10 Jan 11, 2012

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#11 Jan 11, 2012
Oneluckygal wrote:
<quoted text>Yes they do.. I'll find alink.
Aw, I stand corrected. They DO have small, non-retractable fangs.

“I'm not listening.”

Since: Feb 10

Germantown, NY

#12 Jan 11, 2012
dragoon70056 wrote:
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Aw, I stand corrected. They DO have small, non-retractable fangs.
I knew they had to have, but admit to going to my resident expert for the link, lol.

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#13 Jan 11, 2012
Oneluckygal wrote:
<quoted text>I knew they had to have, but admit to going to my resident expert for the link, lol.
I do believe at one time it was believed that coral snakes do not have any fangs, because I remember one of my high school teachers telling us many, many moons ago that corals do not have fangs. I did find a couple of links that state that they do not have fangs; however, the sites are not as reputable as the UT link you posted.

“Hello Trump”

Since: Jan 07

Goodby Hillary

#14 Jan 11, 2012
dragoon70056 wrote:
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I do believe at one time it was believed that coral snakes do not have any fangs, because I remember one of my high school teachers telling us many, many moons ago that corals do not have fangs. I did find a couple of links that state that they do not have fangs; however, the sites are not as reputable as the UT link you posted.
If I remember my classes from survival school in the Marines.... Coral snakes,like Gila Monsters have their venomous teeth in the back of the mouth and have to kinda "gnaw" on you to get the venom flowing/going....

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#15 Jan 11, 2012
okimar wrote:
<quoted text>If I remember my classes from survival school in the Marines.... Coral snakes,like Gila Monsters have their venomous teeth in the back of the mouth and have to kinda "gnaw" on you to get the venom flowing/going....
That's what I thought too. However, her link seems to prove otherwise.

“"Stand and Fight"”

Since: Sep 10

United States

#16 Jan 11, 2012
I hate all snakes and wished they never exist. Besides their capability to bite, I just loathe their scaly, slithery characteristics. That is one species I would want extinct. Again, nothing against those who love snakes and it's just my honest opinion.
DJZ

Merrillville, IN

#19 Jan 11, 2012
JasonStorm wrote:
I hate all snakes and wished they never exist. Besides their capability to bite, I just loathe their scaly, slithery characteristics. That is one species I would want extinct. Again, nothing against those who love snakes and it's just my honest opinion.
Your thinking is dangerous and ignorant. I can understand your caution because of their powerful bites, venoms, and not to mention the ability to constrict their prey to death, but you wish extinction on them just because of apearance which serves them a purpose? All animals on this planet contribute to something in nature to keep the ecosystem balanced, and your insignificant opinions and pathetic fears to justify extinction will not interfere with that. For the sake of all snakes, none should cross your path.
The Girl Next Door

Mount Laurel, NJ

#20 Jan 11, 2012
I thought it was snake, so I hit it with a rake!
Santorums Frothy Bestiary

Philadelphia, PA

#21 Jan 11, 2012
Opis Wont Gogh wrote:
Komodo Dragons are not venomous. They too have enzymes in their saliva that may induce shock in mammals, but more than that, their mouths are filled with quick growing gram negative tropical bacteria that infect an animal's body in hours and cause death.
What is the distinction between enzymes in the saliva, which comes from glands, and venom? Or is the difference in this case only the relative toxicity?
Santorums Frothy Bestiary

Philadelphia, PA

#22 Jan 11, 2012
I always thought those pushy, imperious felines were venomous. But now I _know_.

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