This is such an interesting thread...I'd never known before that it was possible to get a snake's venom glands removed. I hope someday, once I've done enough research and am capable of taking care of it properly, to get a Gaboon viper. I love it's looks--it is absolutely stunning! But like my venomous Stonefish (or any other fish I own) it would be one thing that I would have no intention of handling if at possible; I think that such voiding procedures are cruel. It reminds me a great deal of the debate I found on a cat forum about declawing. If you're going to own a cat, you've got to get used to the idea of claws. Removing toes and thereby taking away the cat's natural defense just because you're not willing to deal with the cat as a whole animal is like punishing the cat because of the owner's faults. It makes no sense. I think the same thing goes for snakes. After all, "He who fears to grasp the thorn should not crave the rose."