It's funny that this is brought up as I've always wondered about snake saliva.
I've been bitten a few times by (thankfully) small snakes thus far: baby pueblan, baby corn and baby viper boa. In each instance the bite did not draw blood, just barly scratched the skin but the area always got very itchy afterwards. I don't think I remember any hives appearing but I definitely remember the itching!
Is snake saliva an irritant that is causing the itch or am I allergic?
Keeper of 5 snakes, leopard geckos, 1 green iguana, 20+ tarantulas, 2 dogs & a bunch of rats!