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Re: I'm exhausted NOW Copperheads

While few humans die from being bitten by copperheads, I would imagine an untreated bite would be fatal for a dog. I did a lot of research on copperheads when I realized there were lots of them in the nursery where I was working. Apparently they have a perfectly formed poison delivery system when they hatch, and, while not deadly, a bite from a baby one can be excrutiatingly painful. The only reason the bite of an adult is not fatal is that the snakes only grow up to 2-1/2 feet long. I'm sure this is more than you ever wanted to know. Bonnie H. was so right in saying a big black snake would take care of the problem. King snakes eat copperheads and are highly valued by those people who actually know what they are.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 7:28 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] I'm exhausted

Thanks Eva. She seems OK this morning although the swelling is still there.
Here neck area is the worst. It's like the fluid is stuck there. She's
breathing OK though and I just gave her more benadryl so I'm going to go to
work. I think she should be OK. My Vet is convinced the antivenom saved
her. I'm just glad she's OK.

  That's wonderful news!  Thank goodness it was a species of snake that
  doesn't have particularly powerful venom.

  Is there a limit on how often the antivenin can be administered?  I've
  heard stories about certain antivenins that can only be used once in
  a patient's lifetime, but I'm guessing that isn't the case with

  Anyhow, I'm glad to hear that things are looking better.  And good deal
  on your hair, too!  I'm just waiting for you to send a pic to Donna
  for us to laugh at.  ;)


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