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A Little Bit Deadly

When Eric Bortz, 25, was bitten by his new pet cobra, he didn’t call an ambulance, he called the guy who sold him the snake. Are you sure, he asked, that the venom sacs have been removed? The seller reassured him the snake was non-toxic. But after a few hours, Bortz’s wife, thinking his seizures were perhaps not quite consistent with a non-toxic bite, summoned an ambulance to their Fair Lawn, N.J., home. An emergency physician was asked if “fragments” might have been left over from the removal of the venom sacs. “That would be like being a little bit pregnant,” said the doctor. Bortz works at an animal hospital; he studied animal conservation in college. (AC/Bergen Record) ...Please tell us his wife didn’t major in infectious diseases.
Original Publication Date: 27 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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