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Postby BWSmith » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:21 pm

Yup, we can add one more lizard to the list of venomous. Although it is one that we already know a great deal about. I got an email from Bryan Grieg Fry today and he has proven that the Komodo Dragon is actually VENOMOUS. It has been long held the devastating effects of bites were the result of toxic bacteria. This is no longer the case.



On a side note, a big congrats to Bryan for being awarded The Zuckerkandl Prize for his recent work on Colubrid venom.
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Postby Hobbes » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:29 pm

I'll wait for the peer reviewed published research before getting to excited.
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Postby BWSmith » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:34 pm

Check "NATURE", that is where it is published.
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Postby BWSmith » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:51 pm

Sorry, blonde moment. Bryan attached the paper and gave me permission to share it. Email me at info@reptileeducation.com for a copy.
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Postby froot » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:34 am

Ground breaking stuff! I'm definitely interested in this development. Was the Komodo the only lizard that the research was done on?
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Postby BWSmith » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:13 pm

nope, basically all monitors and a few other lizards were tested.
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Postby Hobbes » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:29 pm

For a bit more info see: http://www.smh.com.au/news/science/venom-research-badmouths-goannas/2005/11/17/1132016892739.html

Seems like all monitors are involved.

Interesting- can't believe it took this long for someone to actually look at their anatomy properly!

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Postby Hobbes » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:32 pm

Oh, and rather oddly- the article also implies that bearded dragons are too!

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Postby Bushbaby » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:32 am

That is really interesting. Thanx alot BW and Hobbes.

My talks are going to be so much more interesting from now on... with my venomous Bearded Dragon. lol
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Postby snake-5 » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:06 am

yippee now we can get dragons as pets one day and hopefully therell be a anti venom by then lol
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