Milking of snakes

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Milking of snakes

Postby theo » Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:31 pm

Hi there

I had boas for some time but need some higher challenge and thinking in the area of milking ?

what do i need and where do i start with this project ?

Thanks

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Postby froot » Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:55 pm

Milking venomous is firstly highly risky, especially without proper training, and secondly stresses snakes to death (literally).
Keep on brainstorming some other higher challenges.
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:48 am

Venom is only used locally to make antivenom. There is only one antivenom producer and they have long standing contracts with two institutes locally. There is enough dried venom for quite a few years so the demand will be virtually zero.
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Postby Long John Silver » Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:54 am

See if you can go without a fight for a year with your girlfriend. That should be challenging..........
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Postby Colinh » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:59 am

I have had many requests from people "who own venomous snakes" to milk the snake because they think then the snakes are less venoumous. Have never done it and will not I's rather leave that to the guys who really know mor than me
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:47 am

You want to go from keeping Boas to milking snakes?? Do I understand that correctly?

Maybe you should try keeping something mildly venomous first, and then once that has become less challenging, go for something a little more potent.

Only after you have years of experience with Venomous snakes should you even consider milking snakes.

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Postby Serpy » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:23 am

I think the transition from boa's to full blown hot's is a steep one. These snakes aren't like boa's mate. If the market isn't right for freeze dried venom, which it isn't. Why would u want to do it? You run the daily risk of being killed, over time u can develop a hypersensitivity to venom, in which case the risk of death from a venomous snake bite is huge.
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Postby Hemachatus » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:11 pm

I may sound like a prude, but what immediately comes to mind is the term Macho-Factor.

Quite a Dinner table topic if you say your hobby or job is a Snake Venom Milker.
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Postby Q Ball » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:45 pm

Quite a Dinner table topic if you say your hobby or job is a Snake Venom Milker.


.......or you have to explain why you have missing appendages ;)
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Postby Kavish » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:55 am

the saying that comes to mind, " try n fail rather than Fail to Try"

The only problem with this is that if u do fail...........u either gona be 6 feet higher (hospital bed) or 6 feet under!!! Ur choice, my advice, go wit your gut!!!

I'll stick to my Boa's personally!!
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Postby BushSnake » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:12 pm

Hemachatus, in my house it's more of a conversation killer than a dinner table topic.

BTW - I think you discouraged him. Haven't seen more posts from him. Shame on all of you!:D
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