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Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:57 am
Posted by Lonnie Utah
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Member since Jul 2012
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:57 am
Pet Gila monster bites Colorado man, who dies in what experts call a 'rare event' - KSL News

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Jefferson County coroner has confirmed that a 34-year-old Colorado man died this month, days after being bitten by one of his two pet Gila monsters.

"I think this case highlights that any venomous animals should be respected," said Dr. Nick Brandehoff, a medical toxicologist and expert in reptile bites with the Asclepius Snakebite Foundation, who was consulted on the Lakewood Gila monster case.

Gila monsters are venomous reptiles found in the southwestern United States. While their bites can be painful, they are normally not fatal to humans. Experts say that the last report of a human dying from a Gila monster bite was in 1930.
Posted by Bill Gillespie
Member since Feb 2024
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:59 am to
My condolences
Posted by Rize
Spring Texas
Member since Sep 2011
15688 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:59 am to
People who keep that kinda shite are fricking weird.
Posted by jbird7
Central FL
Member since Jul 2020
5210 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:01 am to
wtf is a gila monster
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 8:02 am
Posted by Warfox
B.R. Native (now in MA)
Member since Apr 2017
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:01 am to
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People who keep that kinda shite are fricking weird.


Wow.
Posted by 225Tyga
Member since Oct 2013
15761 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:03 am to
Dem Gilas sure are venomous but Dey sure are tasty
Posted by Lonnie Utah
Utah!
Member since Jul 2012
23798 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:04 am to
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wtf is a gila monster


The only venomous lizard in North America...



So cute...
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 8:05 am
Posted by Slevin7
Member since Sep 2015
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Posted by GeauxTigers0107
South Louisiana
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Posted by Darth_Vader
A galaxy far, far away
Member since Dec 2011
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:05 am to
quote:

wtf is a gila monster




This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 8:06 am
Posted by Patfic15
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2018
3170 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:05 am to
Darwin wins again.
Posted by HuskyPanda
Philly
Member since Feb 2018
1704 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:08 am to
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People who keep that kinda shite are fricking weird.


I agree. Months ago I took my son to the reptile show in Gonzales and saw that people actually sold venomous snakes. I'm talking cobras and gaboon vipers. Who buys these things?
Posted by azcatiger
somewhere
Member since Mar 2011
4470 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:14 am to
Had one by my back door two nights in a row when my dog was a puppy. It’s illegal to kill them so for legal purposes I will stop this story right here. Nasty little things that hiss at you before they bite.
Posted by Loup
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
11086 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:17 am to
there's a 100% chance that the man had a pony tail.
Posted by BottomlandBrew
Member since Aug 2010
27035 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:20 am to
Fun fact: The study of the gila monster venom lead to the development of GLP-1 medications like Monjourno and Ozempic.

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Eng and Raufman studied powdered Gila monster venom ordered from the Miami Serpentarium, whose owner survived 172 snake bites over the years as he produced venom for research.

Eng isolated a small peptide that he called Exendin-4, which they found was similar to human GLP-1.

Eng then tested his new peptide on diabetic mice and found something intriguing: It not only reduced blood glucose, it did so for hours. If the same effect were to be observed in humans, it could be the key to turning GLP-1 into a meaningful advance in diabetes treatment, not just a seasickness simulator in an IV bag.


LINK
Posted by El Segundo Guy
SE OK
Member since Aug 2014
9525 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:23 am to
I've spent too much of my life piddling around in deserts.

Don't frick with any animal that lives in those shithole deserts. They're out in BFE for a reason.
Posted by CrystalPreserves
Member since May 2019
2564 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:24 am to
I let my kid have a bearded dragon, that’s about as far as I’ll go. They don’t bite. Pretty cute little sucker actually.

Bearded Dragons actually have venom too, but they say it’s in such a small amount that at most it would just cause an itch similar to a mosquito bite.
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 8:26 am
Posted by Bert Macklin FBI
Quantico
Member since May 2013
8861 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:25 am to
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. I'm talking cobras and gaboon vipers. Who buys these things?


To me its less about who buys them than what kind of due diligence are they doing before they sell them to people?

I can see it now, 1 person ends up getting bit by a black mamba cuz their a-hole neighbor bought it at a reptile show and forgot to latch its cage.
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 8:26 am
Posted by When in Rome
Telegraph Road
Member since Jan 2011
35532 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:25 am to
Deadly lizard bite and no Holes gifs?! Well that’s too damn bad!

Posted by GumboPot
Member since Mar 2009
118469 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:26 am to
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Gila monster


Is that a big salamander?
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