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Snake Bite





Category: Accidents, Emergencies and Poisons

Naturalists have discovered twenty-seven species of poisonous
serpents and one poisonous lizard; eighteen species of these are true
rattlesnakes; the remaining nine are divided between varieties of the
moccasin, copperhead or the viper. The poisonous lizard is the Texan
reptile known as the "Gila Monster." In all these serpents the poison
fluid is secreted in a gland which lies against the side of the skull
below and behind the eye, from which a duct leads to the base of a hollow
tooth or fang, one on each side of the upper jaw; which fang, except in
the case of vipers, is movable and susceptible of erection and depression.
When not in use the fang hugs the upper jaw and is ensheathed in a fold of
mucous membrane. In the vipers the fang is permanently erect. In the case
of biting the contents of the poison sac are forcibly ejected through the
hollow fang.





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