Lucky scrape with Night Adder

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Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Smeegle » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:08 am

Well, I was feeding a rather large toad to my Night Adder last night.

As the toad was quite fiesty, I decided that maybe I should remove the water bowl to give the snake more room.

I figured that since the snake is attached to the frog, there would be little risk in quickly grabbing the bowl and removing it. :smt018

Wrong.....

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As I reached for the bowl, the toad suddenly pulled loose from the snake, and in a flash I got tagged on my ring finger. :smt021

It stung a bit like a bee sting, but luckily it wasn't too bad. This morning the finger is slightly discoloured and my wrist and elbow joints ache a bit.

Note to self... Never, ever do that again! I can't believe how quickly it happened!

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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby fredsmith » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:13 am

Could have been eina... A proper bite from one of these isn't something I'd ever want to go through again.
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Fooble » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:21 am

Ah, so many people get tagged by night adders it's amazing.
Personally i know perhaps 9 or 10 people who've taken a bite.
Glad to see you didnt come out of it too bad.
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Bushviper » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:32 am

Go buy a lottery ticket.
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby MISA » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:41 am

Fooble wrote:Ah, so many people get tagged by night adders it's amazing.
Personally i know perhaps 9 or 10 people who've taken a bite.
Glad to see you didn't come out of it too bad.


Add my name to your list Fooble, it was the one and only tag *touch wood* that has ever drawn blood in probably 25yrs of keeping, handling and removing reptiles. I don't take chances ever, whether it be a corn or a venomous they all treated with the same healthy respect.

Smeegle:
Sorry to hear you got tagged mate , it provides a valuable lesson on how quick reptiles can be when you think they otherwise busy or not interested. Enjoy the sensations and the symptoms, I know I did, experiencing the effect of the venom first hand, :smt018 you should be all good in about two or three weeks.
Keep us updated please.
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:36 am

Sorry to hear Smeegle, hope u feel better soon!
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Smeegle » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:42 am

Thanks everyone!

The finger is still a bit stiff, but no other symptoms so it seems that the worst is over.

Definitely wasn't a full bite, shew!
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Silvrav » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:53 am

Good to year Smeegle :) Now you will look at him with added respect.
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby Jamster » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:19 am

Someone should do a topic on nighties, like that awesome Actractaspis bibronii one that was made a while ago. :) Night adders are highly underestimated, the pain is unbelievable! Remebering that their venom flow control isnt the greatest coupled with the fact that their venom glands can be up to 10cm long!... Ive taken a solid bite aswell, made my entire arm swell up from a bite on the finger... "Join the club, we've got jackets". I know exactly what you mean smeegle. I dont keep venemous, but i do keep some guys that are growing rapidly, its just a momentary lapse of reason that causes you to think that you can just "quickly take it out while hes eating". At least it wasnt a serious bite...
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Re: Lucky scrape with Night Adder

Postby fuscusV2 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:53 pm

I lolled at this... same happened to me at school, takes one of those to put you on solid ground again. Rather causus than something else!
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