Juvenile snakes more venomous?

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  1. Anthony88

    Anthony88 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys, is it a myth that juvenile snakes are more venomous than adults?

    I am lead to believe the opposite.
     
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    chloe.j.f Not so new Member

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    I believe they are the exact same but I’m sure there’s some studies out there on this.


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    Sdaji Almost Legendary

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    Yes, it's a myth, with various versions.

    The venoms are sometimes a little bit different between juveniles and adults. A typical situation is the venom of juveniles being a little more effective against lizards/frogs and the venom of adults being more effective against birds/mammals, to suit the typical prey choice at different stages of life, but generally this is minor and would make juveniles less venomous to humans, along with the far lower venom yields which make juveniles much less dangerous. There are also some silly versions which say juveniles inject more venom by choice or because they can't control their bodies etc, which are all baseless nonsense. Herpers love a good story and if they don't have one they'll just make something up, and the others will be eager to believe it.
     
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    Myth - think it like this Small head small venom glands - big head big venom glands
     

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