Fang Sheath Anatomy

An important part of venomous snake anatomy from the veterinary standpoint is the fang sheath. Vipers in particular have very large and fleshy fang sheaths. This delicate tissue is easily damaged if the snake is agitated enough to strike unyielding objects such as handling tools or cage furniture.

A snake's mouth should never be opened using any instrument that is not clean and smooth, to avoid damage to the delicate oral membranes. A clean metal sexing probe or an avian speculum is a good tool.

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