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Old 09-13-03, 04:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The point is, and I think I agree with Bryce on this one, if the wood is properly sealed, it can't harm the reptile. None of the resins, arsenic, or toxic constituents from the wood can get out, just as moisture can't get into the wood.
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Old 09-13-03, 05:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yes, but not everybody seals their wood so it's important folks know which ones to avoid if they prefer to use natural branches.
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since reptiles don't have diaphragms they can't cough it up.
This has always puzzled me... i once *saw* a burm with a severe RI do what appeared to be cough-sneeze up a bunch of phleghm... what was this? She would do it quite frequently.
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Jay, A Sand Blaster can be cheap to very expensive you will need a Compressor that keeps up with the Cab and A cab Big enough to fit your sticks (70 bucks to 2000 bucks+) You would be better off Taking it to a Blasting shop to get it done or take it to school with you and chuck it in the blaster they have in the metal shop
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Snakes have very powerful intercostal muscles (the muscles between ribs, pretty much all the muscles snakes have, lol!!) and can force things up from fairly low in the respiratory system if they are still strong enough. Still, lots of junk accumulates in the lung bottoms where they have little or no chance of clearing it.

Still, only the constrictors are strong enough to force up much mucous and that drains them pretty quickly, they can't usually maintain that strength for very long.
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