Tiger snake fangs - Myth or fact

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    tickerbox Not so new Member

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    Hi all. I am new around here and very much appreciate the vast knowledge and experience found here from you all. I have a question for you guys... (and given that I couldn't find it listed in the other forum posts about snake myths, I'd like to hit you guys up for an expert answer)

    A friend of mine is convinced that Tiger snakes have 'ancient or grooved' fangs that are not like hypodermic needles. My understanding is that all Elapid snakes have hollow fangs that work exactly like a hypodermic needle. I know that some of you guys milk the venom out of them, so which is correct?

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    Thanks Saximus. I really appreciate the reply!
     
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    Here is an earlier thread for you to look at, it has a few more answers.

    http://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/australian-snakes-37/grooved-fang-myth-180571/


    Basically the accepted theory is that the fangs evolved as a longer grooved tooth, and eventually closed all the way round to form a hypodermic tube. There is a groove on some (possibly most I'm not sure) elapids fangs at the rear of the tooth, however it is an enamel sealed seam and not functional for venom delivery
     
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    copperheads have grooved fangs, tiger snakes have hollow tubular fangs.
     
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    Thanks so much for the info and links. Much appreciated. I had no idea that Copperheads had grooved fangs. I understood that they had the same injection set up as other Elapids. ? You sure about that Tassie?
     
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    Have you read the article by Brian Bush linked to earlier in a related thread?
    This explains it way better than I can
    On snake fangs
     
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    Hi Zanks,

    Thank you very much for this link. Very informative and concise.
    Given this and Jedi's previous info, the answer to my question now seems pretty clear to me = Elapids have evolved venom injection delivery systems, via adapted hollow fixed tubular teeth at the front of their mouths.

    I really appreciate all of your input guys.
     
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    Myths ? involving snakes? well I never!!
     
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