Veterinarian Stephen Anderson of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital in Wilmington, N.C., surgically treated a granuloma at the base of a poisonous snake's tongue, with the venomous fangs pinned back just above his hands. The snake, a bushmaster, is a rare and deadly variety native to Costa Rica. The surgical site was difficult to suture closed due to its position and necrotic tissue, but Dr. Anderson gave the reptile a fair prognosis.

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