Why does everyone bad mouth Nerodia sipedon? While some wild specimens will bite initially, not all of them do- it depends a lot on how you catch them. And even those specimens typically stop biting (frequently, anyway) after they have been in captivity for a while. I currently have 1 WC adult and 8 CB juveniles (yes, with permit), and not one of them has EVER bitten me.
Back to the original subject- excellent post, Ryan!
Alex, if you really want to spend (expend?) your life milking venomous snakes, you'll have to move to another country. We don't even produce antivenin for our native rattlesnakes here. You can't just milk a snake in your basement and UPS the venom to a lab.