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Many people think it would "be cool" or "be fun" to own a venomous snake. These people do the research they think is necessary and go out and buy a snake. But the truth is if you aren't properly trained to handle such creatures, they are incredibly dangerous and can be deadly. Here are some things you never want to find out about venomous snakes.

* Venom potency depends on what the snake is feeling at that particular time. If the snake is attacking you, the venom is much more dangerous than if the snake is defending itself.

* Venom isn't necessarily dangerous. Some snakes are venomous but are only dangerous to certain types of animals. So, just because you are bitten by a venomous snake doesn't mean you're going to die.

* It doesn't matter whether your snake is big or small; the potency of venom does not depend on how big the snake is. A small snake, depending on the type and mood and other factors, can be just as dangerous as a big one.

* Just because you've cut off the snake's head doesn't mean you can't be subjected to its venom. The potency of a snake's venom does not subside just because the snake is dead. So if you've killed a snake and the venom is still flowing, look out. It's still dangerous.

* Many people don't realize how venom is created. Just because you are bitten by a venomous snake doesn't mean you've been injected with venom. The venom in a snake comes from glands in the back of a snake's mouth. The substance is secreted through holes in its fangs. When you are bitten and the snake shoots venom into you, it comes from the animal's fangs and the venom glands.

* The snake with the deadliest venom known to man is the inland taipan snake. Scientific data has determined that on a drop-by-drop basis, this snake is the last one you want to come in contact with and get on its bad side.